I have a 2003 ram 2500 it has started using coolant and fog vapor coming out of the exhaust. Is this caused by blown head gasket?

Asked by Jan 27, 2015 at 01:18 PM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4WD Quad Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

7 Answers

41,965

Probably a head gasket or cracked cylinder head. Antifreeze out the exhaust is never a good thing. Has the engine recently overheated?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

No my truck never over heated. It has lost power I tow a trailer about once a month its' about 4000 pounds. my engine is a hemi 360.

41,965

I assumed it was a diesel. Pull the spark plugs and if one is very clean unlike the others you have found the bad cylinder.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
150,555

A small amount of white 'fog vapor' is normal, the hot exhaust reacting with very cold air will condense the moisture in the air and make it visible. I am not disagreeing with Bob, but think it could possibly be something else too. Do a compression check on all cylinders. Is it consuming a lot of coolant?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
150,555

That too. What Bod said^^ and how many miles on it?

41,965

Most people don't have a compression tester (I do :)). If he has a severe coolant loss through a head gasket pulling the sparkplugs and looking at them should tell him which side of the engine the problem is on. Compression test is better at determining the cause, but not perfect either.

To FordNut: My truck lost about 1 gal. of coolant in less then two weeks.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Ram 2500

Looking for a Used Ram 2500 in your area?

CarGurus has 5,299 nationwide Ram 2500 listings starting at $2,500.

ZIP:

Search Dodge Ram 2500 Questions

Dodge Ram 2500 Experts

#1 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 2,150
#2 Ram2500Diesel
Ram2500Diesel
Reputation 560
#3 AJBurns
AJBurns
Reputation 480
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 3500
81 Great Deals out of 2,178 listings starting at $5,950
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
399 Great Deals out of 47,816 listings starting at $400
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
360 Great Deals out of 26,489 listings starting at $1,250
Used Dodge Ram 1500
441 Great Deals out of 11,517 listings starting at $700
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD
144 Great Deals out of 14,007 listings starting at $2,650
Used Ford F-150
2,462 Great Deals out of 210,791 listings starting at $895
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,068 Great Deals out of 159,880 listings starting at $999
Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
380 Great Deals out of 27,282 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500
8 Great Deals out of 303 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Tundra
544 Great Deals out of 32,353 listings starting at $2,995
Used GMC Sierra 1500
908 Great Deals out of 64,755 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 2500 For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 293 listings starting at $7,900
2009 Dodge Ram 2500 For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 297 listings starting at $8,000
2008 Dodge Ram 2500 For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 547 listings starting at $4,990
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 796 listings starting at $5,500
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 1,222 listings starting at $7,100