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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2001 Dodge Ram 2500

2001 Dodge Ram 2500

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2001 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.

2001 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., November 12, 2000

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The information on how to secure a car seat properly using tether anchors using step by step, illustrated procedures is missing. Improper attachment of child seat tether straps to vehicle tether anchors could cause a child safety issue in a collision. Owners were sent an addendum to the owners manual that addresses tether strap installation.

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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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Electrical & Lights, May 20, 2002

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the alternator wire connection to the power distribution center (PDC) can loosen, which can result in a vehicle fire. Dealers will inspect the installation of the alternator wire connection to the PDC and reposition the wire.

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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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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

roger52, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, Riverview, FL

runs good when giving it gas, and idles fine.

WFLather, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, V10, Anchorage, AK

I had my thermostat replaced and coolant checked and ran a computer check and still have a problem with it heating up.

jnklem, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Anchorage, AK

Power steering fluid was put in the brake master cylinder. Does this affect any seals at the wheels or does this just affect the master cylinder seals?

frieltlf, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L V8, New Lexington, OH

antilock braking system activates just before I come to a complete stop. pads and fluid are fine, please help

jst_a_grl, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, North Pole, AK

Everything was fine yesterday after replacing battery terminal on drivers side, went to start it the next day, all it does is turn over but wont catch, I have checked fuses, filters, made sure i wa...

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

The gagues from jump street purchased tk new was a source of junk,oil pressure to charging system all faulty.three set of brakes in less than 100,000,a complete tranmission,headlight goes off for no reason and air conditioner migh as well have a block of ice cools better and more offen.the diesel can not beat only reason to by dodge

Stay away from Dodge! I bought my last Dodge truck ever - a new Ram 2500 HD diesel. How Dodge could manage to screw up the Cummins diesel engine is beyond me - but they did it by surrounding this great engine with a combination of POOR MECHANICAL DESIGN & POOR QUALITY FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS. I've had BOTH fuels pumps replaced (first with OEM, then with aftermarket) twice in less than 105,000 miles! The design Dodge came up with ensures a $3,500 repair every 50,000 miles, as the lift pump quits & that trashes the injector pump (a $1,500 part). AND, that is WITH changing the fuel filter every 3-5k miles! You've been warned...

owned this 2001 dodge truck for 10yrs.i will have this beauty another 10 yrs.great truck

I purchased my 2001 Ram Quad Cab 5.9L Cummins Diesel used in Oct. of 2010. When I bought her she had 30k mi. Since then I put another 30K on her. I do a lot of heavy towing with it and have only had one major repair. At 50K I had to replace the injection pump. I was disappointed that this occured with just 50K on it but other than that it has been a very reliable truck. In fact I just purchased another identical truck to add to my fleet. The only difference, this one is a 1999 with 124K. I also own a 1996 with 253K. Gotta love a Cummins

Great truck when I can keep it running 147k and I am on my 4th vp44. Upgraded fuel system with every type pump known to man. Still can't keep a VP-44 from failing. Ran fine till the low sulfur diesel. Afraid to drive the truck out of the local area. Recommend don't buy a 99-02 Cummins Stay away from the vp-44 injector pump. Guess what I am doing this weekend? This VP-44 lasted 60 miles.

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