1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Repair and Maintenance
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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 ProblemsMultiple 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.
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.
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.
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 QuestionsGOT ERROR CODE 355 (CYL #5 BAD COIL) ENGINE HAS 1 COIL AND DIST. AND RUN GOOD ?? POSSIBLE SOMEONE SWITCHED ENGINE OR COMPUTER (2 answers)
I replaced the front seal 3 times and it keeps leaking. I filled the torque converter with tranny fluid and let it sit for 3 hours before putting it on to check for leaks. It never leaked
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 RecallsChrysler 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 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 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.