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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

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1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 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 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.

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.

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 Wagon 1500 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500, 3.9L V6, Knoxville, TN

I was on interstate and engine just died. No hesitation, no sputtering, no warning. Engine will crank but not start. Any ideas. Any help will be appreciated.

jorge_ESL, 1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500, V8, Jacksonville, FL

Ive been working on the front end trying to replace ball joints 4 days trying to remove the ball joint have tried all I know it is a 4x4 laramie with 5.9 enging ext cab I have tried chiltons total ...

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