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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Dodge Ram Wagon 3500

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Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 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 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.

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.

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.

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...

Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 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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Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1998 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, V6, Tobyhanna, PA

on a 98.5 24 valve is the firing order 153624 and if so which is number 1 2 3 4 5 6 on the block

Visitor, 1995 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, V8, Prospect Heights, IL

1994 model

gottoknow, 1996 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, Augusta, GA

The following have been replaced: thermostat, clutch fan, radiator cap, water pump (wasn't running hot until clutch fan was replaced and radiator flush was done) We were told the clutch fan wa...

Visitor, 1998 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, Warren, MI

i need to know firing order 318 v 8

crixus, 1995 Dodge Ram Wagon 3500, San Francisco, CA

Can someone let me know what specific brand/part to buy as there are so many online. My father-in-law asked me to buy: a water pump, fan belt, and belt tensioner. Thanks.

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Dodge Ram Wagon 3500 Reviews

One ton van used for wheelchair duty so it carries one or two wheelchair folk and one driver and maybe another passenger so not carrying much weight. I was told by dealer and independent that having to do upper and lower ball joints and one control arm at 43k not unusual. I:t was under Warrenty ,so not so bad. But now, at 70k it is starting to clunk again. A/c has had frequent breakdowns from blower under dash, to fan only works on highspeed, to rear a/c out again, parts can take 2 weeks for dealer to get ( and that was in 2003!!)

Its a big box and can haul lots of stuff. Front seats are fine takes forever to stop but its a big box. Ran it across desert in cross winds to Ca coast and it did fine at 70+mph.
has a 411 rear and big V8 wanted the limited slip and only way to get it so it gets about 11mpg
dealer takes the Ram in name seriously rammed it twice while in for service warentey over so now go to independent guy. He is much easier to deal with than 2 dealers I tried.