Why would the engine temperature increase

Asked by Jan 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM about the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The temperature on the engine goes up 3/4 of the way when you step on the gas but when you let off
the gas the temperature goes back down below the 1/2 mark. Any suggestions why this might be
happening?

2 Answers

103,825

I don't think your engine temperature is varying that much so I would suspect that the voltage being supplied to the gauge is not consistent. Check the alternator belt and the voltage at the battery with the engine running to see if it's steady.

13,525

Check coolant level and check for air in the cooling system. If your coolant level is low you might have a condition where the coolant is sloshing around in the block. When this happens the coolant sensor will pick up the temp of steam/coolant mix and of straight coolant. If the sensor is steady at first then becomes erratic as it warms up this would identify your problem.

Your Answer

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    6,610
  • #2
    pudgybear
    Reputation
    6,470
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    5,930
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
3,237 Great Deals out of 224,156 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,930 Great Deals out of 162,627 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Ram 2500
151 Great Deals out of 5,422 listings starting at $2,995
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,253 Great Deals out of 62,825 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tundra
678 Great Deals out of 34,241 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
678 Great Deals out of 41,048 listings starting at $2,500
Used Dodge Charger
448 Great Deals out of 34,718 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
465 Great Deals out of 46,739 listings starting at $595
Used Nissan Titan
313 Great Deals out of 19,026 listings starting at $3,298
Used Chevrolet Colorado
399 Great Deals out of 38,665 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Challenger
253 Great Deals out of 25,500 listings starting at $6,972
Used Dodge Dakota
81 Great Deals out of 3,514 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
856 Great Deals out of 39,741 listings starting at $1,990
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,086 Great Deals out of 67,197 listings starting at $950

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD For Sale
225 listings starting at $9,931
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 209 listings starting at $7,995
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 377 listings starting at $5,500
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 429 listings starting at $4,200

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.