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1997 Dodge Ram 2500

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1997 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.

1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 18, 2001

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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.

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Body, Interior & Misc., March 8, 1999

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1995-1997 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the air bag electronic control module (AECM) may corrode if water or road salt gets onto the floor of the vehicle. This may cause the air bag to deploy inadvertently, which may increase the risk of injury and a crash. Dealers will install an AECM that is sealed from moisture intrusion.

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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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1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

shredvisions, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Ketchum, ID

My truck will start briefly and easly in the morning, run for about 20 seconds, then idle down and die. When I try to start it again, it just keeps turning over, almost acts like I ran it out of f...

EddieP, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Indian River, MI

this truck has had 3 transmissions put in it,been taken care of very well.
it shifts into reverse fine,and makes a scraping noise and acts like it wants to pull when shifting to first.and has no ot...

trickyricky, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Renton, WA

does it need replacing or what?

RRfl, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Lakeland, FL

Shifts ok when cold. When warm, hesitates until RPM's 1500 or more. If it does shift into 3rd, it will immediately downshift and try to shift again. Am able to get home at 30 mph; no more.

RRfl, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Lakeland, FL

Response: no warning lights. Just changed filter and fluid. No change.

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1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

V10 no spark turns over good. left lights on over nite battery dead. I put the battery charger on for half hr. charger was put on the correct way now no spark.??????>>>

1997 Dodge Ram 2500
I am having issue's with my truck not idling and wanting to die when I am stopped with the air conditioner on. If I turn the AC off it will run just fine. Please advise on which way to go from here. Thanks,
JPickett
Alvin,Texas

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