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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1994 Dodge Ram 2500

1994 Dodge Ram 2500

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1994 Dodge Ram 2500 Problems

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.

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.

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...

1994 Dodge Ram 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 3, 1994

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the seat back latch lever pivot rivets are susceptible to distortion. In the event of a sudden stop or accident, occupants may be exposed to a greater risk of injury. Dealers will replace the suspect seat back latch assembly with a revised assembly.

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Body, Interior & Misc., February 17, 1995

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the right outside mirror contains convex glass when it should be flat. The images presented in the mirror may be closer than they appear, which may cause the driver to misjudge the distance from the object to the rear of the vehicle. Dealers will replace the right outside rear view mirror with flat glass.

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Electrical & Lights, July 8, 1994


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Engine, September 26, 1994

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because there is an increased risk of fuel spill in the event of a rear-end collision. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will strengthen the left frame rail by installing a frame rail reinforcement bracket.

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Suspension & Steering, July 17, 1995


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1994 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

grandma, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, West Fork, AR

the gear in the back of the tranmission that run the speedometer and the over-drive is broken , dealers say it is a trinket part. I have been to ten salvage yards, no luck. Please help

grandma, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, West Fork, AR

The gear is metal, about 4 inches long, and has a spline looking gear on the end that goes into the transmission and a small dime size sprocket looking gear that fits into a electronic part. I hav...

Lynn_1, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, Point Roberts, WA

When driving on the highway, the transmission will jump from 5th to 4th on it's own.

BUNOG, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Dalton, PA

1988 Dodge truck, 360ci, 4 speed manual. Problem - the engine cuts out (miss) at about 4200 rpm. I replaced the distributor cap and rotor - no change. Then replaced the ignition coil - no change. P...

Zachhill, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Crooksville, OH

transmission slip in reverse it just revs up in rpms and goes alittle? but it is ok in drive shifts perfect

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1994 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

I have owned my Dodge for five years. I only major problem I've had was the prior owner put a under drive on and as you may know this set up was a bad design and the weight cracked the tranny case. I've removed the under drive and had the tranny repaired now for laying my hands on a stock drive shaft with out breaking the bank. Any suggestions.

Bought our Ram 2500 used in 1999 with 65,000 miles or so. She had 252,000 now. Replaced the transmission once. So far engine running good. Knock on wood ! Drove it on a 3200 mile trip in May. Did have to get a ball joint repaired while there. Only major problem - inconvenience we have been fighting is getting the air-conditiong system repaired to our standards. Cooled us fine before new compressor now having trouble with getting cool air while at idle or in extreme hot weather. Putting paralell flow condensor in this week. See where we go from there. Love this van - want to keep babying her !

I have owned this truck since 1994. The first year and a half were rough: 2 transmissions; one in 1995 and the other in 1996. As a result I installed a transmission cooler and it solved the problem. In 2000 I had to replace the front end suspension and re-painted the hood and roof (by the way I live in CA!). I think there may have been a paint flaw with the 94 model. Overall, the Dodge has been a great truck! No oil leaks, it always starts right up (though it does need a little warm up), but I am satisfied.

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