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1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500

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1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500 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.

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.

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

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 and 5.9L V8 the engine oil leaks at the distributor can be misdiagnosed as leaks from the intake manifold seal, oil pan gasket, or rear crankshaft (rear main) seal. A revised distributor is available if oil is found inside the distributor.

1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Questions and Answers

mike900, 1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Hammond, IN

My trans doesn't slip in reverse. However, it is currently not wanting to go forward. It does not move when I select 1st gear and move slow when I start in 2nd gear. Long story short, when I ...

carguy392, 1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Ponce, PR

How does the electrical connector on the fuel pump come off? I have pulled the plastic tab out and the D--- thing won't come apart. I usde a screw driver to push it, but I'm afraid of bre...

96 Ram Van, 1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500, American Fork, UT

96 Dodge Ram Van with a 318 ...Have put on 4 water pumps and they keep leaking at the weep hole and now at the timing chain cover. There is NO emissions in the radiator fluid and the heads are not ...

Visitor, 1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Key West, FL

My van will start in the mornings and run for a few miles, but then cuts off and not start again untill the morning

Tahoetoddster, 1996 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Markleeville, CA

OK, I replaced a weep hole leak with a new water pump, then thermosta, then sending unit replaced. Engine has overheated in the past.Gauge reads Hot when climbing but no signs of overheating like s...

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