The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops. There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500
1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500
1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Problems
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.
Some vehicles may exhibit one or more of the following: Spark knock complaints when the vehicle is under load, various single cylinder misfire, and surge in 4th gear (around 45 mph). Our technicians tell us that rerouting the coil and spark plug wires to minimize induction effects will commonly correct this condition. If wires must cross during the reroute procedure, they must cross at a 90 degree angle.
Leak detection pump failure can be caused by the internal diaphragm switch sticking, or in some cases, contamination from debris or carbon particles from vapor canister. If black carbon particles are present in the LDP, replace vapor canister in addition to LDP. The purge solenoid should also be checked for debris or carbon contamination and replaced as necessary. All evap system hoses are subject to cracking and splitting causing leaks, Inspe...
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.
1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Questions and Answers
adding an electric trailer brake system, need to find the brake light switch to power the controller with varying voltage
to control heavy or light braking, where is such a sender ?
just put 800 in this pos and got it back today had computer issues replaced computer and coil this week runs good however within 15 miles of picking this up from the shop today check engine light c...
Truck overheated - wouldn't start. Changed radiator and still wouldn't start. Pulled everything apart thinking maybe the timing was off - chain was loose. Can't get it to line up...
did all the changed filter fluids all at rightlevels and it is a automatic overdrive no button