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#4501 of 5120 Jeff..........................
Jul 19, 2003 (6:34 am)
Yeah, I agree with you. Either your dealer's service person is ignorant or they just don't want to be bothered with a problem they can't find in 10 minutes.
(Since technicians at auto dealerships usually get paid flat-rate, there is little incentive to invest precious labor time on a mystery problem like yours, when there are other flat-rate jobs waiting that can make more money for them.)
I have a 2003 Dakota service manual, not the RAM, but I suspect that there are genealogical similarities in the electrical systems. There are, depending on the optional equipment your's has, up to 8 or 12 discrete electronic devices in the system that draw current when the ignition switch is in the off position. This current is drawn through the Ignition Off Draw (IOD) circuit. There is even a fuse for this. For Dakota, the service manual states that normal draw is anywhere between 5 and 35 milliamperes.
Now, again for Dakota, the service manual does state that:
"A vehicle that has not been operated for approximately 20 days, may discharge the battery to an inadequate level. When a vehicle will not be used for twenty days or more (stored), remove the IOD fuse from the junction box."
Seven days is out of the specified range. If the IOD current drain is within specification, and you have no other load devices taking current, I suspect that you have a defective battery.
There appears to be a tool called the "Micro 420 Battery Tester" that can (should?) be used to check the battery's general health. But, this takes more than 10 minutes, I'm sure.
There are now three reports on the Edmunds boards that mention battery failure on 2002 Dodge trucks. It's possible that there's a bad batch of batteries out there.
By the way, since I have the distinct pleasure of visiting our Toyota dealer now and again, you may have been equally dissapointed in a Tundra. Unlike the Camry, which is one of the best cars built in America, I've not been impressed with what I see at the Toyota service department regarding Tundras.
I'd have another dialog with your truck's service department, that is if you can find someone with motivation or intelligence to talk to.
Best of luck,
#4502 of 5120 Re: battery
Jul 21, 2003 (9:08 am)
Thanks, guys! They did tell me to pull the fuse -- even showed me where it is, but I think as a result you lose the clock and radio presets. Told them I didn't wanna reset them every 2 weeks.
Anyway, thanks for the ideas!
#4503 of 5120 New 03 Quad Cab
Jul 21, 2003 (12:42 pm)
Just purchased a Dakota Sport Plus Quad Cab on the 19th of July.
4X2 in Atlantic Blue
Heavy Duty Service
Power heated side mirrors
Rear sliding window
Power bucket Seats
6-disk CD changer
8 Infinity speakers in 6 locations - what does that mean?
Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
Under rail bed liner
Paid $ 23,525 after rebate.
MSRP was $ 28,550
So far, I'm absolutely loving the vehicle. I plan on towing a good sized pop-up tent trailer, and, according to mother-in-law, her horses occasionally.
I have noticed a low pitched moan when backing and slightly pressing on the brake. Pushing more pressure, the noise goes away. Sounds like vibration from the disk and pad. Is this normal, or should I take it in to get looked at? Is it something that will go away once the brakes are used a little?
Other than that, no complaints. Would love some advice on the brake noise... thanks.
#4504 of 5120 js4ester Re: New truck
Jul 21, 2003 (2:59 pm)
Jeff, sounds beautiful. Enjoy your new truck, and good luck.
#4505 of 5120 Rear brake noise
Jul 24, 2003 (5:31 am)
My 03 Quad (w/4 wheel discs) did the same thing up to the 500 mile point then stopped completely. I did hear it for a split second the other day after a big rain storm. I will be getting the oil changed soon and will report this to the dealer. It's important to speak up when noticing things like this. I believe it must be connected to new pads seating in.
Jul 31, 2003 (4:20 pm)
junk the 45RFE or 545RFE or whatever they hell they are building now and go back to the 727 Torqueflight.
Then you'd see some real wheel spin.....trust me, I've ridden in Hemi cars with this very setup and boy do they light the tires.
#4508 of 5120 iowabigguy Re: Monster update
Jul 31, 2003 (5:47 pm)
Rick, I think that your "monster" sounds pretty cool. It's a pretty hefty truck, and it takes some power to get it moving. Once you get some inertia going on an interstate trip you will see a significant rise in mileage. Thanks for keeping us updated, and for continuing to monitor the board.
Aug 01, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Hi everyone. My first post here. Bought my new 2003 Dodge Dakota Sport Quad in June. It has 3,000 miles on it and is a great truck. I really enjoy the extra space provided when the back seats are folded up.
Glad to be here.
#4510 of 5120 Mopar67...................
Aug 01, 2003 (1:52 pm)
I don't think the loss of wheel spin is the direct result of the 545RFE transmission. I think you'll find that it's got more to do with the drive-by-wire system.
I've been in a Quad Cab that had a 4.7 and it would spin the rears. In fact, there's a video on the web of a 2002 RAM Quad in a bumper pull that get's lots of wheel spin. (By the way, the RAM won.)
My daughter did a burn-out with my Dakota that left about 150 feet of tire marks on her street, and mine's got LSD. Granted, my Dak is lighter than a Quad, but I know the 545RFEs will do it.
But, yet to see a 5.7 do it.