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2004 Dodge Ram 3500

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2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Problems

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.

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

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.

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A vibration or shimmy felt in the steering wheel when driving over rough roads may be caused by a worn steering damper and tie rod ends. Also be sure the tires are correctly inflated, alignment is within specification and suspension components are tightened properly.

2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Recalls (Recent)

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, 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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Suspension & Steering, November 6, 2013

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The left and right tie rod assemblies are part of the front steering linkage, Certain trucks are being recalled because the left tie rod can break unexpectedly. This can result in loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect the steering linkage and install a new left tie rod assembly as necessary to correct this concern. This recall supersedes a previous recall, some vehicles repaired under the first recall may require an additional repair.

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Suspension & Steering, June 6, 2009

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Chrysler is recalling 18,000 aftermarket steering linkages used for service on 2003–2008 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Pickup models. The affected assembly part numbers are 52122362AA through 52122362AD. The linkages may drag or fracture, causing a loss of steering control, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering linkage drag link inner tie rod end assembly and inspect the steering linkage damper bracket free of charge.

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Suspension & Steering, July 6, 2011

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Certain vehicles may have been assembled with a left outer tie rod ball stud that may fracture; others may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal service. This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the driver is making a tight turn. This condition could result in a loss of directional stability in the left front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the tie rod ends, replace the left outer tie rod end as required, and perform a front end toe alignment as needed. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. The Chrysler recall number is L16.

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2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Questions and Answers

Blitzhound, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, Diesel, Toledo, OR

the abs pump in my pickup will not shut off even with the ignition shut off. i have to pull the fuse in order to get it to shut off. it runs continually. could this be the control module? or somet...

Ram2004, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, Diesel, Benson, AZ

I have the same trouble with my Ram...the truck idles fine, it has the normal pulling power it always has, but while accelerating...all of the sudden nothing happens when you push the accelerator. ...

tslater, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Gainesville, GA

where is my cam position sensor located on my engine? i have a trouble code that says this sensor is out of range

Visitor, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Dingmans Ferry, PA

1 low beam not working .replaced bulb and headlight switch.

Visitor, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Wilkesboro, NC

Truck been doing fine drove it too friends house today just fine when I was leaving I cranked it up it made a thrashing racket lifted the hood the fan had come off & laying against the radiator.

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2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Reviews

I have a 2004 dodge ram 3500 diesel it will not start without being pull started or with using a starting fluid. I was wondering if anyone else has had this trouble and could tell me what was wrong. Please e-mail me at hmjbrame@yahoo.com

The truck overall is a good truck with the exception of the bogus parts that we're installed by the dealer. Dodge oem parts are not to be used in these types of trucks. My advice is, stay away from the dealerships and take the truck to a shop that does only trucks. Insist on MOOG replacement parts and NATIONAL berings parts.

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