My truck drying my antifreeze or something

Asked by Jun 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM about the 1988 Dodge Dakota STD Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My truck is out of service because me hanic said my motor sending to much
pressure to my radiator..well i turn it on few weeks ago infront of my dad  and he
said my truck sounds fine,so mechanic dosent know what he doing i guess..well
before he even said that he put a thermostat cuz it didnt have one,so new
thermostat,new radiator and new radiator cap,2 new hoses.i pour antifreeze on
truck and water and put a piece of cardboard in the bottom to see if it had any
leaks,next day i did not see no leak on cardboard but did not see any fluid on
radiator next day ,so i turn on truck and 5 minutes later water is flowing up.so
where the coolant go,could it be that a bad water pump..when i turn it on it sounds
like some grinding sound by the fan....and if i drive it the tempeture gauge goes up
hot  but seconds later it cools down and never goes up again..what could it be

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65,525

I am leaning toward water pump,you have replaced everything else.

3,695

I agree with T, bad water pump. you can get one for around $20 to $25. http://www.partsgeek.com/ss/?ssq=water+pump&make=dodge&year=1988&model=Dakota

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