1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Dodge Ram 3500

1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Pinched Leak Detection Pump Vacuum Lines

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.

Multiple Coolant Leaks

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.

Carbon buildup at top of piston may cause noise

One the 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 the carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms may vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.

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1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Questions

Airbag light (2 answers)

Airbag light on while driving 97 3500 cummings

If I have the A/C on, coming through the dash, (1 answer)

When I accelerate it will direct it through the defroster, when I let up on the gas it comes back through the dash vent.
Thanks for your help.
drifter354@yahoo.com

brakes pulse hard when braking (1 answer)

replaced all brakes drums and roders

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1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Recalls

Recall 99V024000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MODEL 3500 LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS ONLY. OPERATION OF THE HEADLAMPS OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME CAN RESULT IN HEADLAMP SWITCH FAILURE, CAUSING THE HEADLAMPS OR PARK LAMPS TO GO OUT.

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