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2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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...

Engine -- Verified

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.

2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, December 24, 2007

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Chrysler is recalling certain 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 models because the park shift interlock system may not function correctly. When this system fails, the shifter can be moved out of the "Park" position with the ignition in the "lock" position. The ignition key can also be removed when the shifter is not in the "Park" position. Either of these conditions could allow the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly, possibly resulting in a crash. Dealers will replace the gearshift blocker and bracket assembly.

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Questions and Answers

tonydodge2002, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500, 5.2L V8, Suffolk, VA

The dash board shift lever will not go into gear. If I keep playing with it, it finally goes into gear. Once in gear it will continue to go into any gear I select as long as the van is running. ...

Visitor, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500, V6, Hardeeville, SC

where is the fuel filter located on this van ?

LastDodge4me, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500, 5.2L V8, Ipava, IL

I had the service engine light, ABS light and brake warning light come on on my van. When these lights illuminated the odometer and speedometer quit registering speed and miles. I changed the spe...

Visitor, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500, 5.2L V8, Garden Grove, CA

Pull head light switch and low beams don't work? Hit the high beams and they work fine? Put a new headlight switch and same results? Checked fuses on side of dash and under the hood. All was g...

Visitor, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 1500, 5.2L V8, Garden Grove, CA

I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 van. The headlights don't work on Lowbeam. But I switch to Highbeam and they work? I've replaced the switch and the same thing happens? Checked fuses on drive...

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