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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2004 Dodge Ram 2500

2004 Dodge Ram 2500

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2004 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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

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

The thermostat may fail to close completely, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. This problem will prevent the engine from reaching normal operating temperature; a new thermostat should be installed.

2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 5, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the vehicle certification label lists incorrect tire, wheel, and recommended inflation pressure information. Installing the incorrect tire/rim sizes and loading the vehicle to the weights shown on the label can cause tire failure, which can result in a crash. Owners will be provided with vehicle certification label overlays containing the corrected information.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 28, 2009

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2002-2009 Dodge Rams (1500/2500/3500) because the wiper module assemblies may be susceptible to water intrusion, which may result in partial or complete loss of windshield wiper capability. This may cause reduced visibility for the driver, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the wiper module assemblies with vented wiper motor housings.

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Drive Train, December 22, 2003

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the transfer case to transmission attaching fasteners may not be tightened correctly. This may cause the transmission adapter or transfer case housing to crack. If not corrected, there may be propeller shaft separation and damage to fuel system components, which can lead to a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will retighten the transfer case to transmission fasteners.

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Drive Train, March 20, 2006

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On trucks with diesel engines, when attempting to quickly exit the vehicle with the engine running, the driver may accidentally leave the automatic transmission in reverse. This could allow rearward movement of the vehicle. Dealers will perform a software modification to equip these vehicles with an out-of-park alarm. This is not a recall, but is a safety campaign and the work should be covered free of charge. The Chrysler campaign number is E17.

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Electrical & Lights, August 13, 2004

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2004 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models with 4.7L engines because the generator wiring harness may short circuit due to contact with a valve cover stud. This can lead to an underhood fire. Dealers will inspect and repair the alternator wiring insulation and add a tie-strap clip to the valve cover stud to retain the wiring.

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

fxtrckpls, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Woods Cross, UT

I think I got some dirty gas. My engine died and I changed the fuel filter and drained the water trap, but it wont start again. Is this going to require that I change the fuel pump?

LONE WOLF, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, Fort Myers, FL

Did not change oil on time.

dedens, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Glendale, AZ

My truck has a small plactic ( motor or pump ) located on the passenger side at the fire wall it has wires and a 1/4 inch hose attached. This motor just started to run almost all the time, when the...

burleson shoeing, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Whitesboro, TX

My parking lights the two ambers up front and the four reds on back wont go out even when you turn theignition off they stay on when engine is on and light switch is off too only way to make them g...

bowtech1007, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, Weatherford, TX

My left, rear turn signal and my right break light will not work. I have cleaned the connections with wd-40 and I installed all new bulbs in both rear tail light assemblies. I also put some bulb gr...

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

. HEAT/DEFROST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL QUIT WORKING IN MAY 2010. THE AIR FLOW IS STUCK ON DASH. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE WITH WINTER APPROACHING. THIS IS A WIDELY REPORTED PROBLEM ON THE ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUMS SUCH AS EDMUNDS. THE CHRYSLER DEALERSHIP I CONTACTED IS WELL AWARE OF THE PROBLEM THAT INVOLVES EXTREME TORQUE APPLIED TO THE VENT DOORS BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS WITH THE ELECTICAL CALIBRATION OF THE MOTOR CONTROLS FOR THE DOORS, CAUSING THE DOOR TO BREAK. THE ESTIMATED COST OF THIS REPAIR IS $800.00.

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