I have a 2006 Dodge charger RT Hemi, it recently was over heating. It cut off recently and would not start back up. The mechanic tells me the engine needs replacement. Is this my last alternative,???


Asked by Oct 01, 2014 at 06:47 PM about the 2006 Dodge Charger RT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

There is a crack in the radiator and the
number 6 and 7 cylinder aren't firing up,
there was some rust from water under the
hood on the passenger front side, and it
over heated with smoke coming out 1day
before cutting off. The mechanic who I
really don't trust, did a diagnostic test to
find out problem, a "pressure system check
on the radiator" that's how he found the
crack. So all im asking is that a cracked
radiator, on a dodge hemi, means new

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Tom Demyan

A cracked radiator doesn't mean a new engine in most cases, but it sounds like your radiator coolant leaked out. You drove your car with a low amount of coolant in the system and over a short time overheating the engine to the point that it boiled the oil and it seized. Is that correct?

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Boiled the oil? I guess, is it possible with a hemi though?


Yes that is correct

Tom Demyan

Sounds like cylinder 6 & 7 are toast, pistons are probably shot, the block is probably cracked/warped and the heads. So yes, time for a new engine.


No matter what, I always get a second opinion before spending that kind of money. This may be a little too late but in the future, it doesn't hurt to monitor the temp from time to time. Mt 06 has a temp gauge as well as an actual temp reading on my dash. I check it just to see how hot the car is running because I have heard that the Hemis do run hot. Sorry to hear about your situation.

Francisco Zapata

I have a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7 hemi and it's overheating. We replaced the radiator, and the water pump. Not sure what it could be? Anyone?


Did you replace the thermostat? Easy to do.

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