1st and last Dodge


LawnSite Member
Nova Scotia
Added a Dodge 2500HD with V10, has all the right options posi-track, plow prep, HD service pkg, etc. The last storm turned to rain after about 8", HEAVY. The outside temp rose to about 40. My GM, both have 8.5 EZ-Vs,equipped with 454, and about the same options as the Dodge plowed no problem.
The Dodge started running hot when it was worked, and in no time the trans overheat light came on. Put it neutral and revved the engine till it cooled. Finished plowing in low range. Besides the Dodge is 20 percent harder on fuel, and doesn't have the down low power of the GM.
I'm going to try adding an electric fan over the trans cooler on the Dodge as it sits well out of the air stream from the fan.
Anybody got any other suggestions?



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Seems to me if the GM's worked for you, you already have your answer!!!

Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees...

Sell the Dodge, Buy GM

SlimJim Z71

LawnSite Senior Member
It would be pretty costly to give up on the truck already. I would see if you can either find a small fan to go on the tranny cooler, and/or get a better cooler. B&M Makes good ones, all the way up to around 25,000 GVW.

Secondly, You may want to get an electric, thermostaticly controlled fan for the front side of the radiator if you don't already have one.

Last ditch effort, maybe go pick up a 180-degree or 160-degree thermostat. I'm pretty sure I have a 160-degree one in my truck, never runs hot, and I still have plenty of heat.

Good luck!

Oh, check out http://www.summitracing.com ... they have trans cooler, and a pretty good selection of fans.


Kent Lawns

LawnSite Senior Member
Plow in low range w/ a Dodge, especially a V10.

Newer Dodge transmissions don't have the strongest reputation and 450 ft. lbs. of V-10 Torque on a warmer day is going to cook it.


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How did you get heat with a 160 stat? I had one for a few years and it would never heat up enough to keep the wipers from freezing up. Switched to a 180 and all is well.

Might want to try a frame mounted trans cooler with an electric fan. My Dad has one on his 'Burban and its always on, that with original internal radiator and external factory cooler, plus this one! Overkill to the extreme, but he does a lot of heavy towing.



LawnSite Silver Member
Central CT
Dodge has a revised fan for your truck with plow package which will draw air at lower temps. Hunch is, you do not have the updated fan clutch.

Mark Oomkes

LawnSite Fanatic
Grand Rapids, MI
Sell it now while you can get your money back ou of it and before you go broke filling it up at least twice a storm. We have had one since '94 in a one ton and can't keep a tranny in it for more than a year. Dodge is going to have to change a lot of things before I will buy another one.