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Jun 08, 2002 (6:51 am)
Dodge Ram Pickups Recalled
The Associated Press
Friday, June 7, 2002; 7:57 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. –– The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG said Friday it is recalling more than 150,000 Dodge Ram pickups because of axle and engine problems.
About 111,000 1997-1998 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups with diesel engines are being recalled to replace a fitting in the engine compartment. The fitting could corrode from road salt used during winter months in the Midwest, the automaker said.
Dealers will install new fittings with improved corrosion resistance.
Chrysler also is recalling 46,000 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups because of a potentially weak weld on a rear axle bracket. The recall affects only four-wheel-drive models built before November 2001, the automaker said.
No owners have complained about the bracket, but the problem could affect long-term durability, Chrysler said.
Dealers will install a reinforcement bracket on the affected vehicles.
Jun 09, 2002 (12:24 pm)
Hey guys/gals shortly after purchase I installed an Access Cover roll top tonneau. It's a low cost solution that is functional and looks great. If you're bent on buying a hard cover this may not work for you but it is a quality product that has worked for me.
#403 of 856 tire rotation
Jun 12, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Just rotated my tires at 8000 miles.(P26570R17) didn't realize the size and weight of the wheels. Almost need jack stands to make it easier, used a 2-ton floor jack. Could only imagine doing it on the side of the road with the jack provided!!
#404 of 856 I bet the 20's are worse...
Jun 13, 2002 (10:31 pm)
I have the 20's on my 02 QWC, I bet they are fun
I installed the spare tire lock from Mopar. Not too bad to lower the spare down and raise up. I bet changing a tire out would wear one out on a hot summer day!
Still only getting 13.8 mpg, 20's, 3.92 rear end, 4 speed auto and 4.7L motor.. tell me it get's better with only 1800 miles on the speedo!
#405 of 856 Problems with '94-'99 Dodge Engines
Jun 23, 2002 (7:49 pm)
I've had this problem, as have many, according to my mechanic. The dodge engines from this era blow their engine intake manifold plenum pan gasket. Expect to pay up to $1000 for the repair, if your vehicle is out of warranty. Please see http://dodgeram.org/tech/tsb/2000/09-05-00.htm for an explanation. My Dodge is only 3 years old and has 50,000 miles, but I suspect the problem has been around awhile.
#406 of 856 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel W/6 speed
Jun 25, 2002 (11:30 am)
I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 with Cummins diesel and the 6 speed manual transmission. I am having a problem with the engine "loping". When you pull up to a red light or a stop sign the engine "lopes". The dealer tells me this isa a common problem but Dodge has not come up with a solution to the problem. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
#407 of 856 pcm pinging dealer flash a.k.a. death flash
Jul 07, 2002 (2:26 pm)
To you guys complaining about the pinging and the dealer pcm flash...You guys REALLY need to go to moparchat.com for a lot of info on this.Your truck will be seriously down on power when you get it back.They are flashing the computer to retard timing and it KILLS the power.You will be searching for another pcm shortly according to these guys.Check it out.
#408 of 856 RAM QC versus F150 SuperCrew rental drives.........
Jul 14, 2002 (9:23 am)
These are my comparative impressions.
I had the rental 2001 Ford XLT Super Crew (8037 miles) the weekend of Friday, 21 June and the 2002 RAM SLT Quad Cab (3391 miles) this past weekend. Both were used to haul a 650 lb ATV and other equipment. With two people I estimate the total weight to be approximately 1200 pounds. My companion and I took turns behind the wheel of both trucks for the 135 mile trip from Rochester to Painted Post, New York, and we each had a ride in the back seat for a stretch.
Of course, ride is purely a subjective thing. The F150 Super Crew rides and handles very well, in my opinion. The front seats are very comfortable as are the rear seats. Although the suspension is fairly compliant, twice I managed to bump my head on the back window sitting in the rear seat. Much to my surprise (since I had read somewhere on the Dodge Quad posts someone making a big deal out of the Dodge not having them), this Super Crew did not have rear seat head rests either. The F150 wallowed at times on dips and on unmaintained seasonal roads the ride could become bumpy and booming. On interstate roads and ones with severe crowns there were times the F150 seemed to require more course correction. There was also slight body shake on certain pavement undulations. I had not noticed this just driving it around town unloaded. This might have been because of the ATV in back and higher interstate speeds.
In comparison the RAM seemed a little more taunt and the handling was definitely crisp, much more car like and less fatiguing. The seats seem firmer than the Ford, although still very comfortable. I would've liked a little more side bolster support. From the driver's position the cabin seems larger and more airy. My 8 and 11-year-olds liked the rear seat in the Ram better because they said they had better visibility. I was really impressed with how well the RAM goes straight down the road. Wind and tractor-trailer gusts seemed to have no effect on stability. Cornering was flat. Around town the RAM was noticeably more nimble. Excellent brakes, also.
This F150 was somewhat noisy, especially at highway speeds. It had a number of interior creaks and rattles, tire and wind noise, and especially much more engine noise. There were popping and snapping noises coming from the suspension somewhere that reminded me of a loose shock. When going slow on some of the seasonal roads near my property, we heard loud squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle.
The RAM was solid. It felt like the frame was made of reinforced concrete and this is easily the most solid truck I've driven in my life. Even with the ATV in the bed there was not one hint of frame flex, no wiggling, shaking or vibration. The RAM was definitely more controlled on rough country back roads and handled like it was glued to the road surface. The RAM was about as quiet as a vehicle can get with very little engine and road noise. Not one errant interior rattle or squeak.
I was really disappointed in the loaded performance of the 5.4 Ford engine. The added weight has a noticeable impact on performance. On hills the engine developed moderate pinging unless given some throttle and on some steeper grades the transmission hunted back and forth and downshifted quite erratically. Under load you could tell that more throttle was being required because of the increased engine noise. Under certain conditions the engine would drone and produce a resonant frequency that could be felt through the body.
The RAM really surprised me. With all the talk of the 4.7 being "under powered," when the RAM was loaded it seemed to have less effect on initial launches from a stopped position than the 5.4 Ford. On some of the steep hills the RAM shifted down but never once hunted for a gear. Once it downshifted it stayed in gear until ready for the next upshift. There were a number of hills that a downshift never occurred using the cruise control despite the load. I would say that the Ram may have actually downshifted less than the 5.4 liter Ford did under the same conditions.
The F150 fuel mileage for 511 miles was 14.9 MPG. The RAMs fuel mileage for 542 miles was 14.6.
On the F150 the upper hinge on the driver's door was worn to the point that the door striker was showing obvious signs of wear from the droop. There was noticeable brake pulsation after long drives, and harsh driveline clunk when warmed. The pinion seal was leaking on the rear differential. There was a significant amount of orange peel in the paint on the box sides and lower parts of the tailgate, and paint was coming off of the leading edge of the box just behind the doors and one spot on the hood. This is the sixth F150 I've noticed sub-par paint. For some reason the radio was inoperative.
The RAM's assembly quality was flawless and despite obvious signs of use, the paint was near showroom.
Jul 14, 2002 (12:31 pm)
interesting report dusty...i presume the trucks were both 2wd? interestingly enough my truck does not have any of the problems that you noted with your s-crew (mine is a 4x4)...except for an occasional thunk at stop or taking off from a stop. my paint is perfect, but i will say that the '01 s-crew i had previous to my '02 did have alot of paint flaws. as for paint on the dodges, quite a few guys over at pickuptruck.com are saying that they are finding the dodge's paint very brittle...easily scratches, etc.
check it out at www.pickuptruck.com under dodge...