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1998 Dodge Ram 2500

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1998 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.

1998 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., 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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Body, Interior & Misc., September 21, 1998

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Chrysler is recalling certain 1998 Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, and Ram 2500 models because the bolts used to attach the cab and core support to the frame may fail. This may cause the cab to separate from the frame and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected bolts with properly hardened ones.

 

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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, July 29, 2002

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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.

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

kranzert, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Warren, MI

i have had this truck into 3 different dealers and they cant seem to figure out why it keeps doing this after i have put almost 2000 in their pockets can anyone help?appp sensor done abs sensor d...

kranzert, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Warren, MI

can anyone tell me what this code is p1693 dtc to pcm

searay, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, V10, Lakeside, CA

I need to replace my battery, the engine has always cranked over rather hard. Is there a battery that you can recomend?

ranover, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Gardnerville, NV

I have a 1998 ram 2500 the speedometer doesn't work until the truck hits 25 mph and the abs and brake light are on I've been told by two different dodge mechanics, that it is my speed sen...

jbronx5, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Ridgecrest, CA

I got into my truck this morning, started it and after warming it up proceeded to put it into gear as usual. It was in park and the shifter acted as though it was broke. I could move it up and down...

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

I bought my truck back in 2003 1,000.00 miles at that time never replaced a thing till 2009 the axle seals went out now my trucks up there 2,000something no problems with it till last winter boy that winter did a number to it had to replace injector and powersteering pump. Nothing ever magor I had an accedent in it a nissian pathfinder rear ended my It got totaled my trucks bumper pushed in. I drove it home and noticed it pulled to the right I told the Inserance people and they said it was not part of the accident I said ya right FIX it so if you have an accident it any car truck make sure they check brakes and transmission my trucks calibor was stuck and a friends transmission was not right. But anyway now sence my truck came back from getting another seal put in this June on the axcle he told me they put the wrong bolts so now thats done and now my air goes off sometimes when I step on the gas whats with that? But you now after owning a 1 ton 78 Chevy and a half ton Ford I will never go back My 78 Dodge 2500 4by4 ROcks

1998 Ram Quad cab, 4x4, V10, 2500, Long Bed, 105,000 miles, fully loaded, automatic. Bought the truck in late 98 with 24,000. Have had no major problems. It is in the shop today, rear tranny seal is leaking. Have replaced brake pads once. Everything still works, no rust, sits inside. Had it detailed last fall looks like it came off the showroom floor. Was looing at getting a new Dodge last year but can't justify the price difference for the new one when there's nothing wrong with this one. The V10 will pull a house down, only get 10 mpg, pulling or empty, but I least I can pull anything I want.

I know many of you may not beleive what I'm about to write but as God as my witness, it's is 100% true. My 1998 Dodge 2500 SB truck w. 5.9L auto trans started developing weird electrical problems at 85K miles. The latest goes like this: OD button became intermitant so I took it to my mechanic who is an absolute Whizz. He found that he could get it to operate if he put a turn signal on, turned the dome lite on and had the drivers side door open. No, I'm not kidding. So he orders the part all the while begging me to dump the loaf. So meanwhile after he works on it the low fuel indicator light doesn't work but the audio portion still does. No big deal but this is where it gets weird. The truck stopped shifting out of 1st gear. The first time it happened I was low on fuel so I stopped and got $30 worth. It starts shifting again. Coincidence I figured. A few days later same thing and the fuel was low again so I put $30. Starts shifting again. I'm not saying a word to anyone.So 3 more times it happens over the next 10 days so it's no coincidence! Any ideas?

Towed heavy up & down Alaska HWY. Reliable: Cummins has never had a problem in 200,000 miles. rebuilt rear end and front end at about 150K. Tranny just started slipping this week. *auto. Replaced injector pump at 90K was good for another 90K and had to do it again.

I have 228,000 miles on this truck 5 sets of front pads, One set of rear brake shoes, 3 throttle position sensors and about 35 oil changes. Never left me stranded and always used Napa parts

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