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2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500

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2002 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.

2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500 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 3500 Questions and Answers

plumber, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500, V8, Santa Rosa, CA

my rubber brake hose rubber up against the frame and it has a hole in it. Front right brake. Do I replace the rubber hose, and the metal part, also not sure how to bleed these newer brakes

joannbee, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Santa Fe, NM

Ball joint popped out and stripped out A frame.Told that both of these needed to be replaced. What would cause a ball joint to pop out? Could not find the answers to these questions as well as not ...

Visitor, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Hattiesburg, MS

I am trying to replace ignition switch. How do I get the steering column off?

dlhearn, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Hutchinson, KS

Had ac unit tested last week for leak, hole in aluminum line that runs from front ac to rear ac. would like to plug off rear ac and use only front ac. No mechanical defects with ac, aluminum line ...

Visitor, 2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500, Marietta, GA

Will not crank. Runs with ether bursts. Do not "hear" fuel pump running. Cannot find fuel pump relay or power leads to pump. wendellddle@yahoo.com

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2002 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Reviews

I have a 1997 Coach House. I had a major swaying problem. I remember when we where in Fargo, ND when a huge gust almost threw us on the middle of the highway. I replaced the shocks with a Bilstein and it solved 90% of the swaying. I still had to drive with both hands to be sure that don't happen again

My 1997 Dodge Roadtrek 190 also sways over 60mph. I had the front end rebuilt and installed a Safe-T bar on the front axle. It helped, but I must stay at about 60 mph or under. The Chevy Roadtrek doesn't have this handling problem.

I own a Pleasure-Way Excel TS Dodge Ram Van 3500 which is an RV, not a regular van. It sways on the highway. I have taken it to the Dodge dealer several times for repair. Never could fix this problem correctly. Also, ball joint pushed out on front passenger side and A frame needed to be replaced. But that is the mechanics fault, not the vehicle itself. Never really got to enjoy my van due to so many problems.

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