1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Dodge Ram 1500

1997 Dodge Ram 1500
$211 to $762
1997 Dodge Ram 1500
$507 to $918
1997 Dodge Ram 1500
$352 to $759
1997 Dodge Ram 1500
$406 to $820
1997 Dodge Ram 1500
$775 to $1,447

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On the 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 the Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

On some models a void in the rear window seal may cause a water leak. Water may be present on or under the carpet. The seal will need to be replaced if that is the source.

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.

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Does it need a new catalytic converter?

Pedal goes to floor. Can be pumped up, but after a few minutes goes to floor again. Noticed after turning truck off that fluid was dripping/running from top of reservoir. It is equipped with a vacuum power boost. There are no diagnostic codes coming up when checked.

How do I fix or find out what is wrong?

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1997-1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the throttle linkage joints can corrode and cause the throttle to bind or stick. This may result in a loss of throttle control, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rod ends and ball studs.

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 is recalling certain 1997-2000 Dodge Dakota, 1998-2000 Dodge Durango, and 1997-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because sound deadening material inside the steering wheel may become dislodged and interfere with the clock spring ribbon, which can cause an open electrical circuit. An open circuit in the clock spring will illuminate the air bag warning light and disable the air bag system. With the air bag system disabled, there is an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring to correct this concern.

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Well got this truck form a used dealer....bad idea, with papered 108,551 miles on it. later got the carfax and it was last registered at 254,998. So im assuming it has about 310,000 on it and the 10000 mark on the odom is offset so its obviously been tampered with, but thats beside the point. I havent had too many problems with this truck for how old it is and how many miles it has. I have to r...

I bought my Dodge ram w/ 135,000 and the trans soon went after that, then again at 195,000. Also had a problem with the Harmonic balancer the rubber went on it and caused the balancer to rub a hole in the timing chain cover. This gave me a excuse to install a new timing chain, motor is the 5.9 and have no complanits there still running strong and thats with pulling a 300 lb trailer daily for th...

Got my dodge used. Always wanted a dodge and took me till i was 29 to get one. Its a 97 dodge 1500. Put a bout 200 bucks in it since i have had it. Thats counting normal coast like oil change exc. Gets 25 miles to a gallon and im not complaining. think its been twink alittle to. Paid 4500 bout 600 under cost or so i was told. Used the 4x4 once, in the snow. 3 inch lift kit on it to.

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