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Old 06-06-2011, 09:08 PM
Jerad Jerad is offline
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Default 02 2.3 Overheat Under Load. Please Help.

I have an 02 4cly 2.3 with 71k miles on it. Long story short it overheats under a load. I have a Polaris ranger (1300lbs) that i pull on a 6x10 trailer (maybe 500lbs). Does fine while pulling on a level road but when i climb the mountain the temp hand rises. The only way i can keep it from overheating all the way is to back down to second and climb it at 25 mph. It sucks cause i have to climb the mountain to get to where i hunt. I had the fan clutch replaced because it seemed worn out. Still the same. One day last week the temp gauge rose a little just climbing the mountain with no trailer. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:16 PM
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Default Re: 02 2.3 Overheat Under Load. Please Help.

Dying water pump, maybe? Perhaps the downshift brings relief by spinning the degraded water pump vanes faster?
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