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2000 Dodge Ram 2500

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2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Replacing a pressure solenoid valve in the transmission valve body may fix an issue where the transmission "hunts" between first and second gears. Our technicians report that customers sometimes describe this complaint as surging or bucking.

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.

2000 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., April 24, 2000

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 trucks equipped with the optional trailer hitch. The trailer hitch side brackets are composed of a material with insufficient strength, which could fatigue and fracture in the area where the trailer hitch mounts to the frame. Dealers will inspect the trailer hitches and replace any trailer hitch showing signs of fatigue cracking. If no evidence of cracking exists, the dealer will install two reinforcement brackets.

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Brakes, September 27, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with four-wheel ABS because aftermarket batteries may leak electrolyte onto the ABS control module connector, which can compromise the sealing integrity. This may allow development of a short circuit in the connector, which could eventually lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the ABS control module connector for electrolyte damage and replace it if necessary.

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Brakes, March 8, 2001

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models with ABS systems because some vehicles may have inadequate clearance between the front tire/wheel and the brake hose/ABS sensor wire assembly, which can cause them to come into contact with each other. This can lead to wire damage or a hole in the brake line, which adversely affects braking performance. Dealers will replace the front brake hose assemblies and the ABS sensor wire will be inspected and replaced if necessary.

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Electrical & Lights, August 27, 2001

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2000-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models without power front seats because in the presence of road salt, water, or other road debris, the power seat connector located beneath the driver's seat could develop a high resistive short circuit that cycles the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker cycles for an extended period of time, the resulting heat could start a fire. Owners and dealers will receive instructions for removing the circuit breaker from the fuse panel.

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2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

HaitiGuy, 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Plainfield, IL

Can anybody please tell me where the crankshaft sensor is located on a Ram 2500 Turbo Diesel? This truck is in Haiti with no access to a Dodge dealer or any mechanic that could help for that matter...

Mike Waldrop, 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Irwin, PA

A recent purchase of a 2000 Dodge 2500 with the cummins diesel engine. So this may be a basic question. The truck at 60,000 miles. My question is I noticed the other day more "AIR" noi...

Tag4444, 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, 8.0L V10, Corpus Christi, TX

How do I find out if my truck is 49 state or California certified.

mitchell3827, 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Middleburg, FL

every time i give it gas it blows out smoke what would i do about this.

mitchell3827, 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Middleburg, FL

my trans seems to slugish when i go to go what should i do about this

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2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

I bought my 2000 quad cab in late 1999 and have had very limited amount of trouble. At 198,000 miles it still has the original ball joints,tie rods,most U joints,and original build on the transmission. I am not one to baby any truck but this one has taken it like a brute. The only real problems I had were the lift pump ( which Dodge has done away with) and a injector pump which failed from the lift pumps. I also dealt with the typical rust but dodge replaced my dors at 98,000 miles free of charge.

Great truck and powerful engine. havnt had any horrible problems very reliable and i know its gonna last however i have had a starter problem which cost me a $1000 but other than that its a wonderful truck looks great and drives great and gets wonderful gas mileage definetly recomend dodge diesels!

Where do I start? This vehicle reinforces my impression that US made cars/trucks are poorly made. I bought my 2000 Quad Cab 4x4 w/ Cummins diesel brand new and it has cost me about $1000 per year in repairs every year. I've had the A/C malfunction at least 5 times, once under warranty. My 6 speed transmission failed at 70,000 miles - cost me $4000 to replace. Two crankshaft position sensors, a lift pump and injector pump, leaking seals at both differentials, axles etc - axle seal leak required an otherwise unnecessary brake job. Four wheel drive vacuum switch failed and now all the vacuum lines on the 4 wheel drive actuator and the pump itself need to be replaced - cha ching. Oh yes, both the overhead pushbutton interior light switches have broken as well.
This vehicle has had so many problems that the times I've brought it to the dealer, the mechanics always say "this shouldn't happen" and look both disgusted and embarrassed. The Cummins itself seems like a good motor - Dodge just found a way to wrap it in garbage.
Where's Lee Iococca?

I pull heavy loads, 9,000 trailer to 12,800 5th wheel. I have 98,500 miles on the truck (bought it new). I got 11.7 mpg pulling the 5th wheel,AZ to MN to AZ., total weight was 18,660 lbs. It drives and handles great! I use an automatic slider hitch, an excellent unit. I have the automatic xmsn., 4X4, HD with Off Road and Trailer pkgs. 10 yrs old in 10/09 and looks and runs great!

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