97 tj getting hot after wheeling and 45 min drive home on interstate - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 19 Old 08-20-2017, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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97 tj getting hot after wheeling and 45 min drive home on interstate

I bought a 97 tj completely stock 3 weeks ago. I have added alot of upgrades 3" lift, steel bumpers fenders 33's. I know it's alot of added weight. I hit the trails yesterday had a blast with no issues. On the way back home I noticed the Motor started to get hot on my 45 min ride back home. I have thought about getting the poison hood louver. Has anybody had issues like this with their jeep and has anybody ever used these hood louvers and if so did you notice a difference?

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-20-2017, 04:21 PM
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Hood louvers are a decent mod but not to help engine temps. They accomplish different goals. If you have an overheating issue that needs to be diagnosed and addressed directly.
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What type of wheelin' were you doing? Any chance the radiator fins are blocked by mud?

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What transmission do you have?
Filling in your profile will help with questions like this...
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What type of wheelin' were you doing? Any chance the radiator fins are blocked by mud?
X2, check the radiator fins. They could be blocked with mud or dirt.

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Hood louver won't fix that you have another issue that needs to be fixed. I would check your fan clutch.
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-20-2017, 07:57 PM
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How hot was the engine getting?

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X2, hood louvers aren't the fix nor will they help an engine that is overheating.

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Hood louver won't fix that you have another issue that needs to be fixed. I would check your fan clutch.
Fan clutch doesn't really have much to do with over heating at highway speed.

Blocked air flow through the radiator, low coolant level or faulty thermostat would.

How hot did it get?

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post #10 of 19 Old 08-22-2017, 05:21 AM
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My failed fan clutch only ran warm when running over 65 mph on days over 80 degrees. Replaced fan clutch and hasn't run a lick over 210. I forgot the fan clutch has nothing to do when going highway speeds..
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Sorry everyone I haven't been on to post lately I have been super busy with work not sure what kind of transmission I have but I will check into that. We were out at jeep ranch in ocala florida there quite a bit of mud a little bit of crawling rocks not much though. I did drive down the interstate lastnight and my temp gauge did barely creep above one ten. I will check into the fan clutch and thank you for y'all input. I will work on filling out more on my profile sorry new to all this first time jeep owner. Finally. Wanted to be in the jeep family for along time just couldn't swing it financially.
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Oh and to answer the question about the temp it was just passed 210 not sure exact number but it was passed it when I got off the interstate. Soon as I turned off jeep didn't want to go over 35 until it cooled down. I let it sit for 20-30 min and I haven't had an issue since.
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Do you have a big winch up front?
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-23-2017, 08:48 AM
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Bibie1415, what kind of tranny as in auto or stick.

It crept over 110??? Don't you mean 210???

Check and clean the fins and see how it does then.

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post #15 of 19 Old 08-23-2017, 09:23 AM
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When was the cooling system last flushed?
How old is the water pump and fan clutch?
Hopefully you have the proper thermostat (195F non fail safe, Mopar or Stant superstat) and a new 18lb cap.
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