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

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.

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.

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, Inspect hoses carefully. In cases of contamination from carbon particles or debris, all hoses and tubes must be blown out with compressed air to remove contaminates.

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1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Questions

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 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 ...

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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