1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Dodge Ram 3500
- Replace Pressure Solenoid in Transmission Valve Body to Fix Transmission Bucking
- Check Engine Light Due to Pinched Leak Detection Pump Vacuum Lines
- Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets
- Increased Oil Consumption Due to Intake Manifold Plenum Gasket Leak
- Engine oil leaks at distributor may be misdiagnosed
1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Problems
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.
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.
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 3500 Questions
Is there break switch. where is switch located