1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Dodge Ram 1500

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500
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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Problems

Inspect Fuses if Engine Cranks But Does Not Start

If the engine cranks but does not start, or starts and stalls, the fuses should be inspected, especially the power door locks fuse. The power door lock fuse provides power to a module that sends the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the "OK to start" signal.

Multiple Coolant Leaks

Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks which are commonly found at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket. Our technicians recommend a complete inspection of the cooling system after any repairs are made to be sure there are no other leaks.

Vehicle Drifts/Pulls to One Side When Brakes Are Applied

Some models could have a severe drift or pull to one side when the brakes were applied. If this is not caused by a dragging brake caliper, there is a service bulletin describing the step-by-step diagnosis and many possible solutions. Our technicians note the most common solutions are performing a four wheel alignment, checking torque on suspension components, installing shims between the wheels and hubs, and replacing the suspension arms.

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls

Chrysler Recalls 1994-1999 Dodge Rams Due to Corrosion on the Secondary Hood Latch

Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models in areas that use road salt because corrosion of the return spring on the hood secondary latch could cause the mechanism to bind in the "release position." This may cause the hood to open unexpectedly. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch.

Chrysler Recalls 1994-1996 Dodge Rams Due to Defective Throttle Cable

Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the throttle cable could unravel (fray) or break, which may cause a loss of throttle control. A throttle that does not return to idle may lead to unexpected acceleration. Dealers will inspect and replace the throttle cable and upper bell crank lever.

Chrysler Recalls 1994-1996 Dodge Rams Due to Overheating Ignition Switch and Wiring

Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 light duty pickup trucks because they were built with an ignition switch and wiring that may overheat. Dealers will install a relay and overlay harness.

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

the dodge that i own now has been in my family since i was little my father bought it for 5000 from a used dealership in 1999 with about 45000 miles and i have owned it for the last 2 years and it currently has 250000 miles on it the only problems that it ever had was a worn out fuel pump and a broken oil seal that leaks almost a whole quart a week and as a 18 year old i run it hard and go mudd...
ive had this 96 xcab 4x4 5 speed for 11 years now it had 40000 on it when i bought it now has 204000 2nd clutch 3 water pumps 1 power steering hose fuel pump this year moved from vt to texas pulling an overloaded trailer made it no problem 318 little under powered at times all in all i love this truck buy the way the engine hes never been apart orginal starter and alternator dodge did good on t...
not exactly perfect but its a good american car. i just have a question and was wondering if anyone knows how to install the rear main seals on the truck. i was told i had to drop my trany which im not to sure i have to go to that extreme. also my rear axle seal is broke. but i have that under control. please any inputs on the rear main seal.

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