Dodge Ram Van B350 Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Dodge Ram Van B350 as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

An intermittent connection in the crank position sensor wire connector can cause poor engine performance or the engine may crank but not start.

On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8, rerouting the ignition coil wire and spark plug wires can help solve a misfire and/or surge problem that occurs at approximately 45 mph. A service bulletin was published that outlines the specifics of the repair. It states the rerouting procedure should be performed before other repairs are done for misfires, surging or spark knock.

The distributor pickup plate may fail causing Intermittent Stalling or No Start Condition, usually when engine is hot. 
The transmission may exhibit delayed light throttle upshifts and harsh engagement into reverse or drive. Our technicians tell us the repair involves the adjustment of the throttle valve cable and replacement of the return spring.

Some vehicles may exhibit excessive fuel gauge movement while turning corners. Our technicians tell us the repair involves replacing the fuel pump module assambly.

Insufficient fuel pressure may be caused by particulate contaminates or other type of substances by-passing the primary fuel pick-up screen and resulting in fuel pump failure. Our technicians recommended to replace entire fuel pump module assembly as two (2) filters, primary and secondary are included with the assembly.

An erratic idle, stall on hot restart and/or low speed deceleration. may be caused by a faulty idle air control motor. Our technicians tell us there is a revised IAC motor to correct this condition.

The engine may exhibit excessively high oil pressure at cold start up. This may lead to distortion of the oil filter case. Inspect the oil filter case for any signs of distortion. If the case is distorted,  Connect an oil pressure gauge to the engine and start the engine while observing the readings. If the pressure reads above 80 psi, replace the oil pump.

Excess cooling fan noise may be caused buy a faulty cooling fan and fan clutch.
The fuse may blow repeatedly for the HVAC blower motor or the motor may stop working all together. Our technicians tell us that can often be repaired by replacing the blower motor switch with a revised switch and installing a wiring harness with a relay assembly.

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.

The blower motor may operate erratically and the blower switch operation has a sticky or mushy feeling, the detents almost non existent. Our technicians tell us that the blower switch should be removed and inspected for overheating. This is common if the blower motor is frequently operated on high speed as the current flow through the switch tends to melt internal the components. Also carefully inspect all of the switch connector terminals for discoloration due to overheating and replace as required. A poor electrical contact at the connector will also cause the switch to overheat.

Automatic Transmission
A clogged or restricted transmission fluid cooler system can be the cause of reoccurring transmission failures. Our technicians tell us that if your transmission has failed due to lack of lubrication the transmission fluid cooler and lines should be thoroughly inspected for restrictions.

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, Inspect hoses carefully. In cases of contamination from carbon particles or debris, all hoses and tubes must be blown out with compressed air to remove contaminates.

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.