1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500

1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Problems

HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating

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.

High Blower Only Due to Failed Blower Motor Resistor

The HVAC blower may operate on high speed only. This is commonly caused by a failed blower motor resistor. Chrysler has released a revised part to address this problem.

Engine performance issues due to spark plug wire induction
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.

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1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Questions

Only have heat when engine accelerates, flushed heatercore, water is running . (1 answer)

Flushed heatercore, changed control valve, water is flowing thru heatercore very clean , no sign of coolant thou.

Had new radiator installed last yr. due to a leak when i opened the rad cap. i didn`t see coolant there should be visable coolant at the top right?
Heater hose is hot the other n...

I have no power to the fuel pump what could trigger the A.S.D.relay? (1 answer)

I have ohm tested the relays checked the fuse and the fuse box. I checked the wire conector for power just before the
tank and I get 12v for about 1sec. when I turn the key to the on position. Then it's gone with no pressure in the line. I turn the key the fuel flow rely clicks then with in ...

What is GEN light on the dssh board? (2 answers)

this is from the last post tonight. My gen light stayed on while I was checkin for the obd code to staay clear just 12 and 55 still so far. The van started up after jump but cut off 3 time while I was sitting in the van helping it to stay running while warming up, 18 degrees in detroit right now....

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