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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

2002 Dodge Ram 1500

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

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.

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 10, 2003

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 models because the detent system on the exterior mirror housings may lose functionality. This can adversely affect the rearward field of vision and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a mirror detent retainer kit to correct this condition.

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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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Drive Train, December 9, 2002

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2002 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the rear axle flange weld to the axle tube could fatigue, which can allow the brake caliper assembly to rotate. This may cause the brake line to separate from the caliper, which may result in a loss of brake fluid in the rear brake hydraulic system. Dealers will install rear brake caliper reinforcements on the rear axle assemblies.

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Drive Train, December 22, 2003

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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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Suspension & Steering, April 10, 2003

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 models because the electrical connector at the bottom of the steering column contains an under-sized terminal for the HVAC blower motor circuit. The resulting heat can cause the terminal contacts to relax and lose electrical contact, which can cause the HVAC blower motor to stop working. This can impair visibility in inclement weather, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a wiring harness overlay.

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Questions and Answers

Rldavis, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Douglass, KS

I broke a piece in my steering column and can't find out what is actually is or where to get a replacemnt. It is a plastic piece that connects to the gear shifter. I'm thinking it conne...

dave123, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.9L V8, Girard, KS

out of the blue, my engine just shuts off when i let off the gas

pOp_2, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.9L V8, Anchor Point, AK

The unit is in 4WD Low and cannot be switched back to 4WD High or to 2WD.

house0808, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Palmer, TX

changed thermostat and fluid fan seems to be turning slow. there is no relay

alligrl65, 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Conyers, GA

THE ENGINE LIGHT IS ON IN MY TRUCK, SO I TOOK IT TO AUTO ZONE AND THEY PUT THE MACHINE ON IT AND THE CODE IS 1491. (THE RADIATOR FAN RELAY). COULD YOU TELL ME WHERE THE PART LOCATION IS ON THE TRUC...

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

Dodge Ram 1500 2002 with 45000 miles. Dash board cracked in many places. When I climb a steep grade I hear a squeaking noise and the smell smoke. Tranmission ? The motor is runinind rough. The dealer couldnt help me.Time to scrap this truck.

BEST TRUCK IV EVER OWNED HANDS DOWN NEVER HAD A PROB WITH IT AND HAUL A 25 FOOT SEARAY EVERY OTHER WEEK

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 roger050@yahoo.com

i love my truck, but there are somethings that i would like to make changes to. i own a 2002 1500 5.9L 4x4, and the transmission is out in it. the truck gears just started slipping one day, then the whole tranny went out. now im dealing with a shady tranny mech. this shady mech, he has told me that the truck i have had a problem where when the truck was in idle or n park, there was no tranny fluid that ran thru the transmission. that only when the truck was moving did the fluid ran thru the transmission. this is the reason the shady mech. said that i had to pay $2,300 to have it "upgraded" to fix that problem. so if anyone out the has an extra transmission im in need of it. :)

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