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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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So after 4 and 1/2 years and ~36k miles my water pump took a crap. I was going WOT on the interstate 60-100mph with the a/c on full blast on a 90+ degree day. I knew something was weird when the a/c started blowing hot and then shortly thereafter I started getting a chime and check engine light on the dash that read coolant over heating...it read 270F. So I limped it a couple miles to an exit and parked it safely, temp stayed at 265-270 for about 5 minutes until I could get the car off.

Called my dealership who told me to Call Chrysler Cares for a tow, they actually had a truck there within an hour and towed it for free and then my dealer repaired it all under warranty! So yeah I’m the original owner and my 5-year/100k mile power train warranty still gets it done! Car seems happy again, it never got like a bad hot where the coolants steaming or burnt rubber smell when it overheated when I had to drive it for a few minutes. Kinda glad it did crap out at a time it’s still covered because I know it’s a pretty common thing for our cars...

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I was going WOT on the interstate 60-100mph with the a/c on full blast on a 90+ degree day.
Eric, I hate to tell you, but the water pump isn't your biggest problem.
Going WOT and only reaching 60-100 mph is.

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I'd be worried about head gaskets and intake gaskets after reaching 270 degrees
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I'd be worried about head gaskets and intake gaskets after reaching 270 degrees
Meh, that's not much over ambient in ABQ during the summer.
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I'd be worried about head gaskets and intake gaskets after reaching 270 degrees
this. headgasket failure "can" occurr as low a temp as 250 in aluminum block motors.

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Yeah I was/am worried about hitting those temps too, will have to monitor.

Luckily, like I said, the car honestly didn't seem too hot after I pulled over and popped the hood. It didn't smell burnt or overly hot or anything...thankfully.
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Eric, I hate to tell you, but the water pump isn't your biggest problem.
Going WOT and only reaching 60-100 mph is.
LOL, well it was just a few second blast to get around some people
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It is ridiculous that we have to put up with these early water pump failures. FCA really needs to take a hard look at the pump design and make it more robust.


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It is ridiculous that we have to put up with these early water pump failures. FCA really needs to take a hard look at the pump design and make it more robust.
At least they did with the Cummins Diesel Ram water pumps (T51 Recall). Really hope the Hemis are next in line to get this addressed.


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At least they did with the Cummins Diesel Ram water pumps (T51 Recall). Really hope the Hemis are next in line to get this addressed.
Those were recalled due to the consequent fire hazard, not because of pump failures per se.
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