1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Repair and Maintenance
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1997 Dodge Ram 2500 ProblemsNumerous Conditions May Cause Engine to Crank But Not Start
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.
On some models a void in the rear window seal may cause a water leak. Water may be present on or under the carpet. The seal will need to be replaced if that is the source.
The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops. There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Questionsmy tack speedo a/c and alt don,t work I have relaced crank sensor (1 answer)
alt is ok also tried to get codes but scanner dos not acknowledge vehicle
O'Riley code says trimming chain has skipped a tooth. ?? How hard a repair is this for a backyard macanic ??
pulled vacuum cable off heat controller.
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 RecallsChrysler Recalls 1997-1998 Dodge Rams Due to Corroded Throttle Linkage Joints
Chrysler has recalled certain 1997-1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the throttle linkage joints can corrode and cause the throttle to bind or stick. This may result in a loss of throttle control, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rod ends and ball studs.
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.
Chrysler is recalling certain 1997-2000 Dodge Dakota, 1998-2000 Dodge Durango, and 1997-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because sound deadening material inside the steering wheel may become dislodged and interfere with the clock spring ribbon, which can cause an open electrical circuit. An open circuit in the clock spring will illuminate the air bag warning light and disable the air bag system. With the air bag system disabled, there is an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring to correct this concern.