2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Problems

Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

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.

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.

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Questions

While driving at night I clicked on the high beams which resulted in the headlights flashing and the horn beeping like a security feature. I pulled over and turned truck off but it continued to beep and flash. eventually the beeping stopped but the headlights continued to flash. I unhooked the gr...

External leaks not apparent, except by cap when overheating. Chasing the usual air bubble a little at a time. Coolant does not seem to drain back from reservoir the way it is supposed to. Pressurized system at shop, held pressure 3 hours, so must happen only when up to op. temp. New radiator, wat...

it shakes hard when first driving, but when the engine warms up the shake seems to not be as bad.

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls

Chrysler has recalled certain 2002-2009 Dodge Rams (1500/2500/3500) because the wiper module assemblies may be susceptible to water intrusion, which may result in partial or complete loss of windshield wiper capability. This may cause reduced visibility for the driver, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the wiper module assemblies with vented wiper motor housings.

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.

Chrysler has recalled certain 2000-2002 Dodge Ram 1500 models equipped with the snow plow preparation package because the tires may have gross axle weight ratings that slightly exceed the maximum tire load capacity. Dealers will provide replacement tires to meet the load carrying capacity and accommodate the addition of a commercially available snow plow and hardware.

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

Right now at 157,000 miles...never had it to a dealer yet. I have 4.7L, average 18 mpg in summer, 15 in winter, Occasionallly, I tow a boat and pop-up. Smooth and tight on the highway. Terrific throaty exhaust. It's been through 3 teenage daughter drivers, and still a good daily driver. My first "new" truck and I love it.

2002 dodge 4.7 4x4 52000miles started to rust around tire driver side bed.replaced brakes at 50000 miles.heating system works sometimes .blower motor works fine but blows cold air sometimes can't find anyone that can fix it

i have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 i cant get the ac to switch on all the way it fill like the door in the fire wall is not turning on i dont get any defrost a little heat i check all fuses but all are ok i put a new ac fan on it i get about 63% ac out but but not much air comes out of the vent's none on the floor can some one help me

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