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2004 Dodge Ram 1500

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2004 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.

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

On the 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 the camshaft position sensor may fail and cause the engine to crank but not start or it can cause intermittent stalling. A failed camshaft sensor will require replacement.

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 5, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the vehicle certification label lists incorrect tire, wheel, and recommended inflation pressure information. Installing the incorrect tire/rim sizes and loading the vehicle to the weights shown on the label can cause tire failure, which can result in a crash. Owners will be provided with vehicle certification label overlays containing the corrected information.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 28, 2009

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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.

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Drive Train, December 22, 2003

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the transfer case to transmission attaching fasteners may not be tightened correctly. This may cause the transmission adapter or transfer case housing to crack. If not corrected, there may be propeller shaft separation and damage to fuel system components, which can lead to a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will retighten the transfer case to transmission fasteners.

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Electrical & Lights, August 13, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models with 4.7L engines because the generator wiring harness may short circuit due to contact with a valve cover stud. This can lead to an underhood fire. Dealers will inspect and repair the alternator wiring insulation and add a tie-strap clip to the valve cover stud to retain the wiring.

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Questions and Answers

DAM13, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Canyon Lake, TX

I was looking for the best performance batteries for my 2004 dodge Ram 1500 4.7L Its got about 70000 miles and wanted to change it before it went out

bparker, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Logan, AL

How many amps and volts should the alternator be putting out on this truck?

elo, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, Plainview, TX

I installed a new pioneer stereo, but now the interior lights are not working or anything on the panels. What went wrong?

elo, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, Plainview, TX

Installed a new pioneer stereo, but forgot to disconnect battery and there was a short circuit. How do you fix the short circuit?

Jeff B, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7L V8, Lady Lake, FL

The AC is blowing cold air only on the driver's side. On the passenger side, the air is blowing out warm. Anyone know what might cause this or how to fix it? Thanks!

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

original owner of ram 2004 4.7 quad cab truck has been very dependable 142,000 mi the major disapopointment has been the rusting out around wheel wells on rear this problem started when truck was only 6 yrs old brought it to dealers attn. and was told they would not do anything about it.we live in northeast and truck was always washed in winter to get rid of salt build up.the seal between double layer truck wall was not a solid welded seal but tack welded so moisture could get between walls.never will I buy another dodge because of this problem and lack of action by dodge will drive me back to nissan

I bought my 2004 4.7 ram brand new and gas was over 1.00 a gallon and I loved it,,,it now has 92000 miles,,,3 water pumps so far terrible gas mileage since gas is almost 3.50 gallon I use sythenic oil in the truck,,, I have come to realize that the 4.7 liter engine is the worst engine dodge has made,,truck is pd for and could not get nothing for it,,,,,

I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 L. SLT. Im the 2nd owner bought it with 37, 000 miles on it. Can say enough about this truck its been very good to me. I now have 246, 878 miles on her. I change the oil every 6, 000 miles andbuse only the best oil every$10 qt. I do have an electrical issue that i cant fint, if i let my truck sit for 2 days or more she wont start. I stpped setting the alarm thinking that was the issue however it was notbit. I replaced the batter and that was notnit. Any advise other than that i love my truck really best purchas ive made in years still looksblike New Inside and out, the complements really make me feel great. Does anyone have advisebon the electrical?

I am the original owner and have 85k on the odometer. I love the power and styling of the truck, also since I am 6'5", the room in the drivers seat more than adequate. I have driven from East Coast to West Coast 6 times so far always hauling a loaded car trailer with no more than a blown tire along the way (air bags on the rear are a big help). In the 7 1/2 years I have owned the truck it has needed an EGR Valve replaced which was a simple job that required just a $60 auto store part and about 30 minutes of time to fix, gears under the seat replaced after 60k miles probably because of my size (and I like to play with the adjustment on long trips), and new shocks being replaced currently at 85k, which should have been replaced a long time ago anyway. My only gripe is the in town gas mileage which is on par with other 2004 full size trucks. When I drive carefully I can get about 14mpg in town. I love my truck and until something with significantly better gas mileage is released I will not be getting rid of it.

Bought this ST Regular cab short bed new in VA. Beach, don't drive it in the winter here in NY and the body is like new, I have lowered it 2" in the front 4" in the rear with drop spindles and new leafs. I have literally driven this truck like I stole it every chance I get (very agressive launches) I have replace the R&P with 4.56 richmonds at a pro shop and had a faulty pinion lose 2 teeth after 20K miles. On the new Richmond gears R&P and this truck is still the most fun truck I have ever driven, no issues whatsoever other than the reflective oval on the interior of the door fell off for some reason (tab broke). I get about 12 miles to the gallon because I got this truck for the fun factor, not the mileage and the way I drive it. I have around 60K on this truck and plan to keep it...It really needs a stroker 426 and a few other things to be complete...maybe that will happen if I can get this Hemi to break. So far, much fun! I had a Chevy 1995 new in the box before this I put over 210K miles on. I would never expect this truck to withstand the abuse I put on it, so I know I won't get that kind of mileage out of this motor, besides.....I never planned on that. The only thing I miss is the silverado features of electric windows and locks.......other than that, no way I'd condsider a Chevy unless it was for utilitarian purposes. My Dodge is Badazz fun!

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