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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500

1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500

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1998 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.

1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 30, 1998

Summary: 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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1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Questions and Answers

CSokol, 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500, V6, Elkhart, IN

My vehicle is registering no voltage
on the dashboard. When I had the alternator checked out, it registered ok. I've been told 2 things, go ahead and change out the alternator and that shou...

CSokol, 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500, V6, Elkhart, IN

Where is the PCM located and how hard is it to change
out for a fairly knowledgable home mechanic?

stillmorningrise, 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500, V8, Fresno, CA

Why is my transmission not shifting into 3rd gear?

RonQ, 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 5.2L V8, Girard, PA

dodge ram van 2500, 110,000 mi. 5.2 l engine. At idle and after warm up, Check Gauges light comes on and and oil gauge needle falls to zero. Replaced sensor and tested pressure with manual gauge co...

Visitor, 1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500, 5.2L V8, Dallas, GA

the van has no codes. If I drop the hood the ehgine revs up the dies-new ignition components have been added but the shut down persists.Can be driven as mucxh as40 miles or as less as 2 then the i...

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 2500 Reviews

My B2500 has 220,000 + miles on it now and I drive it 5 days a week. 5.2 liter (318 CID) still runs smooth and strong. Still looks and drives great. It stays LOADED with tool bins and ladders. I have only performed normal maint on it ( brakes, tune up, fluid/filters). Only recurring problem has been the HVAC blower motor/switch/resistor assembly, but that's not too bad for a 16 year old work van.

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