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1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500

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1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500 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 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...

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 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.

1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Questions and Answers

msjaskola, 1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 3.9L V6, Winona, MN

Could it be that the water pump needs to be replaced? When the van is parked and shut off it completely drains the radiator,after sitting a period of time.

msjaskola, 1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 3.9L V6, Winona, MN

I own a 1997 dodge RAM van and i'm losing coolant,everytime i've driven it. after being parked,it drains at an alarming rate! And if I don't keep replacing the coolant it overheats. ...

adt573, 1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 5.9L V8, Anaheim, CA

The abs light is always on. Before I restart the engine and go away, but now for the past three days stay on. What could be the problem?

nuggles, 1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 3.9L V6, Lockport, IL

Have clunking noise in front wheels when driving on rough roads. Front calpiers ,rotors,pads,shocks and bearings,stablizer bar bolts have been replaced.Tricky part is only happens i/2 hour when dri...

samedaysatellite, 1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 5.2L V8, Canton, IL

There are actually a few symptoms that are occuring. 1 - the heater doesnt warm up at high speeds and barely at low speeds. 2 - When accelerating up a hill the defrost blows out air instead of the ...

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1997 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Reviews

Currently my van has 112k miles. Bought in Apr 1998 brand new 1997 Dodge B2500 V6 3.9L conversion van from Sunnyvale California Dodge dealer, mainly because Toyota would not take back my leased Tacoma 6mo early so I could buy a new Avalon, but Dodge bought me out of my lease early and paid me cash for the options I added as a trade. In Nov 1998 had leaky drips during rain from front windshield in middle top, very leaky rear passenger side behind wheel well, and moisture penetrating headlight on passenger side. Never found the cause of leaks in rear wheel well and still exists. Replaced windshield resolved the leaky windshield. Replaced Oxygen sensors at 45k miles, which I think it didn't really need, but had an error code about smog. Radiator leak at 60k miles and water pump failure at 65k miles, both replaced ($1000). Shocks replaced at 70k miles ($150). Tires wear out after every 40k miles. Fan blower resistor replaced at 75k miles ($15). Complete engine failure at 90k miles due to warped engine head due to water pump failure. Had Roseville Dodge replace the engine head and rings at 90k miles ($3600). Freeze plugs in transmission leaked and needed replaced as well at 90k miles ($650). Now, today, the transmission likes to stay in low gear when starting out cold for about 2 minutes, then after slowing down and cycling back to speed, it runs normal until you turn off the van and restart again later.
The sideview mirrors are loose and like to swivel inwards in the wind when driving (just need some sticky grease or glue in the joint I think) and the rearview mirror detached from the windshield which I reglued.
Suspension has been squeeky after about 80k miles, perhaps after loading and unloading a trailer.
Overall, I enjoy driving this van and it is very rugged and high enough to get over things. It gets over 500 miles per tank which is 25 gallons I think. The turning radius is very good for maneuvering in tight spots. I've had the original exhaust on without any issues. I'm not happy about the leak in the rear wheel well as well as other repairs needed prior to 100K miles. I used to tow snowmobiles up to Tahoe and back a few times a couple winters, so maybe the excess loading had something to do with this. I should have bought a V8 since it gets higher gas mileage on the highway and probably would last alot longer with towing a load.

1997 2500 Ram Van
191000 org eng, trans love my van, wish they still made them, would buy another.


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