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1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500

1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 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 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.

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.

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1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 1500 Questions

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 care not a word on how to remove ball joints its an axle witth universal joints and shaft to wheel h...

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.

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