Dodge Ram Van 2500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Dodge Ram Van 2500

Dodge Ram Van 2500 Problems

HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating

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.

High Blower Only Due to Failed Blower Motor Resistor

The HVAC blower may operate on high speed only. This is commonly caused by a failed blower motor resistor. Chrysler has released a revised part to address this problem.

Increased Oil Consumption Due to Intake Manifold Plenum Gasket 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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Dodge Ram Van 2500 Questions

What could be doing the chirping noise? (1 answer)

Chirping sound while acceleration. Sounds like near belts or pulleys. Or maybe valve cover area. Acceleration only and the more I accelerate the louder it becomes.

Where is the thermostat in the cooling system? (1 answer)

I think the thermostat is stuck in closed position.

Or the heater core is clogged.

my fan shaft has alot of play. Is this bad ? if so what do I do ? (1 answer)

The van would have load sceetch noises on and off and sometimes the sound would be like metal on metal I thought it would be the tension pulley. I have the belt off and the fan pulley and shaft can be moved up/down and i can't figure out how to remove the clutch part from the shaft. I think i...

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Dodge Ram Van 2500 Recalls

Chrysler Recalls 2001-2002 Dodge Models Because Park Shift Interlock System May Fail

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.

Handicap Conversion Vehicles: Wheel Chairs Not Secure In Retractors

The retractor that secures a wheel chair in a handicapped conversion vehicle may be ineffective. Dealers will inspect and replace the wheel chair securement retractors as necessary to resolve the concern.

Recall 98V076000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES BUILT WITH POWER SEAT OPTION. THE DRIVER'S SIDE FRONT SEAT ATTACHING RISER WELDS WERE NOT CORRECT.

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Dodge Ram Van 2500 Reviews

1997 2500 Ram Van 191000 org eng, trans love my van, wish they still made them, would buy another.
Bought it new in 1999 as work van. 200,000 miles ,2 engines ,2 trans, still worth it.
Love it, lots of space. Gets 18 to 20 mpg same as most mini vans. Cheaper to own than mini van. Easy to maintain, can do most maintenance myself. The vinyl interior is great with kids and animals. Enough horsepower to tow trailers. Nice to travel in, its like a little RV. This is the third dodge van I've had. Put over 250,000 on first two before I sold them.

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