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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Dodge Ram 2500

1996 Dodge Ram 2500

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1996 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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

If the engine is difficult to start or cranks but does not start, it can be caused by a leak in the return side of the fuel system. This type of leak can allow air to enter the injection pump resulting in starting issues. A rubber hose on the back of the injection pump, connecting the pump to the steel hard line, that can be the source of this type of leak.

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.

1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 17, 2001

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models in areas that use road salt because corrosion of the return spring on the hood secondary latch could cause the mechanism to bind in the "release position." This may cause the hood to open unexpectedly. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch.

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Drive Train, May 19, 1997

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1997 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because under certain high load conditions, the transmission fluid temperature can exceed the melting point of the material used in the connector. If this happens, fluid may spray onto the exhaust manifold, which can cause a fire. Dealers will replace the high temperature side of the transmission fluid cooler line connector fittings with connectors that incorporate a stainless steel retainer.

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Drive Train, December 27, 1999

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with manual transmissions, V-10 engines, and 4WD transfer cases. Under max load while climbing a steep grade in hot weather, the hydraulic clutch line may overheat and possibly rupture. This may cause the fluid to ignite, which may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the hydraulic clutch assembly.

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Drive Train, August 3, 2001

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the throttle cable could unravel (fray) or break, which may cause a loss of throttle control. A throttle that does not return to idle may lead to unexpected acceleration. Dealers will inspect and replace the throttle cable and upper bell crank lever.

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Engine, April 6, 1998

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with gasoline engines because the fuel tank mounted rollover valve may allow liquid fuel to leak onto the ground. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank rollover valve with a float type rollover valve.

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1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

reelwork, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Jacksonville, FL

My truck's ac controls aren't working. The air comes out of the defrost and floor instead out of the dash. My cruise control is also not working. I was wondering if there was a connecti...

longjames, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Sun Valley, CA

stock truck 95k miles dealer serviced new fuel filter truck always seemed to lack power especially towing i know its factory ratings but i cant pull 8k pnds over 55 mph on flat land??
cant spin the...

sukidog101, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Jackson, LA

automatic tranny won't shift into overdrive. any help

truck named bertha, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Redondo Beach, CA

i am changing the fluid and filter on my truck but need to know how much fluid to buy? in the owners manual it says it holds around 11 quarts but not sure if i need that much for regular maint.

truck named bertha, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Redondo Beach, CA

i am installing a 600 watt 4 channel amp and it calls for a battery hookup power line. it needs a 50 amp fuse 12 inches from battery with 10 guage power wire to the amp. the only thing i installed ...

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1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

I love my 1996 Dodge 2500 HD 4x4. I have lived in a rural area for over 18 years and bought this truck new. I have worked the heck out of it and it keeps going. I bought it new and have never had a bad tought about it!@
Great Vehicle.

I ordered my 96 desiel new, the only disappointment I have is the automatic tranmission. Truck has 180,000 miles on it and the motor has never been messed with other than proper maintenance, the interior has no rips, except for a ding or two the body is great. I have recently rebuilt the front end, expected with the weight of a desiel engine.

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