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2001 Dodge Ram 1500

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

On 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 engines, the intake manifold gasket may leak and cause increased oil consumption and a spark knock during acceleration; the gasket should be replaced.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

If a Check Engine Light illuminates indicating leak detection pump (LDP) failure, the cause is often pinched or disconnected vacuum lines to the pump. Vacuum lines should be inspected before replacing the leak detection pump. Contamination (carbon or debris) in the pump can cause failure and any hoses should be cleared before a new pump is installed.

Engine -- Verified

On the 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8 and 5.9L V8 the Oil leaks commonly from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area. Using fluorescent engine oil dye can be helpful in determining the source(s) of the oil leak.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8, rerouting the ignition coil wire and spark plug wires can help solve a misfire and/or surge problem that occurs at approximately 45 mph. A service bulletin was published that outlines the specifics of the repair. It states the rerouting procedure should be performed before other repairs are done for misfires, s...

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 18, 2001

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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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Body, Interior & Misc., November 12, 2000

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The information on how to secure a car seat properly using tether anchors using step by step, illustrated procedures is missing. Improper attachment of child seat tether straps to vehicle tether anchors could cause a child safety issue in a collision. Owners were sent an addendum to the owners manual that addresses tether strap installation.

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Brakes, September 27, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with four-wheel ABS because aftermarket batteries may leak electrolyte onto the ABS control module connector, which can compromise the sealing integrity. This may allow development of a short circuit in the connector, which could eventually lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the ABS control module connector for electrolyte damage and replace it if necessary.

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Electrical & Lights, May 20, 2002

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the alternator wire connection to the power distribution center (PDC) can loosen, which can result in a vehicle fire. Dealers will inspect the installation of the alternator wire connection to the PDC and reposition the wire.

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Electrical & Lights, August 27, 2001

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2000-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models without power front seats because in the presence of road salt, water, or other road debris, the power seat connector located beneath the driver's seat could develop a high resistive short circuit that cycles the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker cycles for an extended period of time, the resulting heat could start a fire. Owners and dealers will receive instructions for removing the circuit breaker from the fuse panel.

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Questions and Answers

o2tattoo, 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L V8, Hot Springs National Park, AR

My tensioner has started making noise and I just noticed at autozone.com that I could by the pulley or the whole assy. Any thoughts on replacing just the pulley or should I do the tensioner too? ...

kozy, 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, V8, Uxbridge, MA

My stock brake lines from the fluid reservoir snake down to the flex hoses and to the rear of the truck, are in need of replacing. Must the new lines be formed as you go or are they pre-formed to f...

kozy, 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, V8, Uxbridge, MA

I want to remove and replace my rusty stock brake lines and flex hoses from the top down. Must these lines be formed as you work or can you purchase replacement pre-forms? (for upper lines from flu...

vscnt, 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L V8, Atco, NJ

All my gauges and instuments dont work.No Speedo and or tach ,Last week replaced ADS Fuse under hood and solve prob . Mot so lucky this week. My odometer reads NO BUS and Diaognostic computer says...

ltrahan, 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L V8, Loreauville, LA

a/c works good when you frist get in but after 10 miles or so it stops cooling.turn it off for about 3 miles and it starts working.checked the charge and changed the hi pressore switch and it still...

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

I have a green machine 2001 dodge ram 1500 laramie slt 4x4 5.2ltr. I bought this pick up with 13 miles on it. At the moment there's 200,880 miles on it. I do the normal 5,000 mile oil change & other routine maint. & yes as the other reviews my dash has cracked & my A/C clutch siezed around 160,000 & I had my tranny rebuilt @ 188,000 & ny rear end went out when I was on the highway bout 170,000 miles. But its not likt I don't use my pick up. After all it's a pick up I couldn't start to tell u how many days I've gone without hauling something or pulling a trailer with either a couple tons of hay or a couple tons of fire wood or logs. But i'd have to tell u the most memorable 1about 8 years ago is the 9 tons of sod I hauled. Yes I probably didn't help my rear end or tranny but I had 3 tons in the bed & 6 tons on a trailer. I was pleased with my pick up. since I've bought the pick up I've replaced the brake pads twice about to do the rotors & pads again. Added a 45 gal gas tank so now I can put 71 gals in her & the only thing extra I'm going to do is switch out the rear leaf springs with some heavy duty 2300lbs ea. Spring. & if u ask me if I'm gonna buy a new pick up... I'll simply reply NO... this one isn't even broken in yet. Great job on this one dodge. You dun good!!!

I will never bye another dodge product , my dash has cracked and crumbled. the air condition has give me trouble since I have owned this truck, 2001 dodge ram 1500 4x4 Laramie I have owned other dodge products before no more.

I bought my Dodge in 2004, with 50k miles around 100k body rust galore the typical doors and wheel wells, cab corners, been through 3 water pumps, tranny been slipping since 90k, replaced front axle seals at 110k, brake lines corroded in half along frame, check engine for evap code lead to a crack around gas fill neck, 02 sensors constantly, heater core just went at 160k but still running strong, love to buy new, but rebuilding my 2001 RAM

Front wheel bearings replaced at 100K, A/C compressor clutch seized, oil pump replaced, OEM allow wheel (rim) broke while driving, body is a rust-bucket, pronounced valve tap, blower motor for the heater rattles when on, fog lights quit working, Check Engine light has been on (intermittently) since 105K miles making inspections a thrill. I am not in construction but use it for light-duty transport and hauling (bicycles, camping gear, etc). Not as good a truck as I hoped it would be.

I have owned Dodges since the late 60's. They used to be a good truck until the GREED MONGERS hijacked America in the 80's..........since then it's been all down hill and they can't figure out why??? They are starting to figure it out now that they're all bankrupt or close to it!
Being in the construction industry, I have always fixed my own equipment. Shops will rip you blind!!
A couple of authors complain about just about everything on the truck. First of all, it requires daily maintainence like anything else. You can't just turn the key and drive it!! Another issue, if you're buying the cheapest parts money can buy at Advance Auto or one of those discount auto suppliers................you're getting what you pay for!!!
I have a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara with 150,000 miles and it's only on the second set of brakes! I drive with common sense, don't tailgate, and I buy premium quality ceramic pads!
My Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 has 170,000 and it's only had maybe 3 brake changes. You have to grease them once in a while, change the oil every 3000 miles and use Mobil 1 Synthetic or Amsoil.....quality oils far separated from all the others, I did extensive research on this issue because we have a lot of equipment and use 55 gallon drums of it...........not quarts!
Mobil One oil filter as well. You want a filter that gets maximum micron filtration to take out the contaminents!
I know why people complain because I have family members that just buy a vehicle and turn the key...........never seen a oil change........matter a fact, my brother doesn't even check the dip stick! People like that get what they deserve.....headaches and unreliability!! I have several friends with Toyotas all getting well in excess of 300,000 miles. My brother got 78,000 on his and the notor puked!

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