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Dodge Sprinter Engine Problems

jgureemkajgureemka Posts: 1
HI,

I have a problem with Sprinter 2006 - 2500 model - 150 k miles. When temperature outside is above 75-80 the temperature of engine is going up
abot 30 degree only during driving on highway abou 70MPH. The situation make it worse after turning on AIR CONDITION. The temp is about to be on the beginning of 4 white parting. CHecked fans - OK coolant level - ok. Changeed thermostat. Cleaned radiator.
Thinking about changing the CLUCTH. IS it working on bematel and has variable speed????

PLEASE HELP !!!!
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  • kurt6kurt6 Posts: 22
    Water-Pump????????????????
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    1) get it up to temp... highest temp that is.

    2) Pull off the road very soon, while hot (don't shut down first). With A/C on and at hottest temp. get out (van in "PARK") and check that both the fans are running (aux. a/c fan and engine fan). Obviously the engine fan should be turning as the engine is running.

    3) then shut down van. Grab fan (remember engine should be OFF), and spin by hand. If it spins easily and/or does not stop spinning very quickly, then the fan clutch is spent and a new fan clutch is needed.

    4) restart the engine right away and let idle (or drive again) to let the engine oil cool down a little (and the turbo to cool off). As my dad has been warned on other turbo-diesels, don't go from full out hot-running to totally stopped without having a bit of run-down time to let temps stabilize at the normal values.

    My sprinter also runs a bit hotter above 80 outside with A/C running, especially climbing hills (even gentle ones) as the turbo is running due to fuel useage to keep up speed.

    Not likely to be water pump unless it is binding (you said no leaks, full system), also could be other accessory dragging and/or fan belt not running accessories correctly (cracked, glazed, worn to cord on backside).

    Correct oil being used? also affects temps. Fully synthetic? Oil full, but not over full?

    Best guess is same as yours I think: fan clutch.

    Second guess is that the electric fan is not kicking in (I think it will run even with A/C off if the temp is going high. It seems to do so climbing steeper hills in 5th gear at 70-75 MPH).

    Please let us know what you find.

    Thanks
    KenB :confuse:
  • zgcylzgcyl Posts: 2
    I bought a 2008 sprinter 2500 3 week ago. It just ran 700 miles now. But I was stoped by a police on highway because the huge white with light blue smoke came out of this van and said it's unsafe to drive this van. I start to notice: it's realy big smoke from exhaust pipe with no much smell. I call dealer right away they just said: drive by they will take a look. While I'm talking with dealer, the big smoke suddenly stoped. After a hour drive to the dealership it did not happen again. Dealer found no problem on anything, I have no idea what so ever.
  • zgcylzgcyl Posts: 2
    I bought a 2008 sprinter 2500 3 week ago. It just ran 700 miles now. But I was stoped by a police on highway because the huge white with light blue smoke came out of this van and said it's unsafe to drive this van. I start to notice: it's realy big smoke from exhaust pipe with no much smell. I call dealer right away they just said: drive by they will take a look. While I'm talking with dealer, the big smoke suddenly stoped. After a hour drive to the dealership it did not happen again. Dealer found no problem on anything, I have no idea what so ever.

    Additional Details
    I drove this van for 4 hours already while the smoke was developed.
  • I read an article on the Harmonic Balancer and it seems to explain my problem.
    I bought my 2003 / 2500 van
    at eBay. It had a terrible vibration when stopping and some
    vibration at 2000RPMs when running. The local
    transmission place here in Half Moon Bay, Ca. rebuilt the transmission at a
    very high cost ($4200). The vibration when stopping is gone and only once
    in a while I feel vibration when coasting at 20-30MPH. The problem I have
    now is when it idles there is a low roaring (low harmonic) vibration at 1/2
    second intervals, something like: ROW, ROW, ROW etc. if I increase the idle
    100 t0 200 RPMs the roaring stops and sounds very nice. Question:
    Can this be caused by the Harmonic Balancer? if so, I am afraid it will destroy
    my newly rebuilt transmission also can the idle RPMs be increased and how this is done? Any suggestions/advise will be appreciated.
    I am 60% done converting the van to a mini motor home for two, when it is
    done I will post pictures and more yet plan to provide information, drawings
    list of materials for anyone that wants to convert. Thanks
  • 1g8r1g8r Posts: 1
    Hi
    I have two 2003 3500 Dodge Sprinters that I've had since new. Both have approxmatly 150K miles on them. The first one developed a loss of power around 125K and the problem was traced to leaking fuel injectors around the seal for the injector and caused replacement of head, all injectors and injector seals. The dealer replaced these items. The second Sprinter has the same problem and I've removed the injectors. There doesn't appear any damage to the head and I plan on changing the seals,cleaning everything up ( looks like a coal mine under injector cover ) and reinstalling the injectors. Have any others had this injector problem and if so how did they correct it? Am I to expect to do this seal change as a maintenence item every 100K miles?
    Thank you for any help.
    1g8r
  • raymkfraymkf Posts: 1
    My Dodge Sprinter 2007 will not start in extreme cold weather (-30F). (14400km) Took it to the dealer they installed a circulation heater in the heater hose (1000W). Again the Sprinter would not start in minus 30F weather after the heater was installed. The dealer asked for it to be towed in. They checked the circulation heater they said it was working, it must be something else. After two days probing it, they determined that the computer was not allowing the glow plugs to stay on long enough. They said it would be ok to take it home and when starting leave the key on longer up to 60 secs, it should start okay. When the new part is in,then bring the Sprinter back and fix it in a couple of weeks.
    The temp dropped to -40F over night Jan 04-2009, the sprinter wouldn't start, now I have determined that the circulation heater must not be properly installed. My next step is to get an independent Mechanic to check the circulation heater.
    Anyone have any suggestions?
    Thanks
  • Has anyone else had glow plugs malfunction / become unremoveable causing cylinder head to need replacement? I have a 2003 Freightliner Sprinter with this problem-$6500
    bill and not under warranty, according to Chrysler. :mad:
  • ernstck
    I have had glow plugs swell in diesel cylinder heads making them impossible to remove or sheering off during removal and leaving the heat portion frozen in the port.
    In all cases I have been able to remove them and the remaining debris without replacing the head; although in many instances I have had to do bench work on the head to clean it and make it serviceable again.
    I am interested to know what has rendered the damage to the extent that the estimate is $6500--CURIOUS
    Dennis
  • pboothpbooth Posts: 5
    Mercedes have a heater plug which fits into the welsh plug under the exhaust at the rear of the engine on the passenger side, about $60 from Europarts-sd. I bought mine there.
  • pboothpbooth Posts: 5
    Read your owners manual, look for the operating range. The 4th quarter is normal. Mine runs there all summer. I ran it at the top of the 4th quarter just below the red in Death Valley, outside temp 135. Don't worry.
    Patrick
  • HAS ANYONE DELT W/ A SEIZED 2.7 MB ENGINE IN THEIR SPRINTER JUST OUT OF WARRANTY? JUST GETTING ON THE FREEWAY ONE DAY CHANGED MY LIFE. YOU SEE, I DEPEND ON MY 2004 DODGE SPRINTER FOR WORK /INSTALL DRAPERIES AND BLINDS. WITHOUT MY TRUCK IN THIS ECONOMY ,WELL, THATS MY MAIN TOOL TO WORK. THIS ENGINE COSTS $15,000 TO REPLACE AND THE GENEROUS OFFER OF $5750.00 FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE STILL WOULD LEAVE ME W/ A BILL FOR $9250.00 WHICH I DON'T HAVE .i BOUGHT THIS SPRINTER IN 2005 NEW BECAUSE I WANTED SOMETHING I COULD ALWAYS DEPEND ON. I MEAN I DID'NT JUST BUY A DODGE, I BOUGHT A MERCEDES BENZ WITH A FINE REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND ENDURANCE. ANY ADVICE? NOW, "TROY" IN DETROIT WON'T RETURN MY CALLS. PICKING UP MY TRUCK FROM RANCHO DODGE TODAY /ENGINE STILL AS IT WAS/NO HELP/ DO I NEED A LAWYER? I NEED HELP FROM MERCEDES OR DODGE. ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS? PLEASE RESPOND. AND YES, I DO HAVE ALL MY RECEIPTS FOR TIMELY OIL CHANGES, SERVICE, ETC.
  • HAS ANYONE DELT W/ A SEIZED 2.7 MB ENGINE IN THEIR SPRINTER JUST OUT OF WARRANTY? JUST GETTING ON THE FREEWAY ONE DAY CHANGED MY LIFE. YOU SEE, I DEPEND ON MY 2004 DODGE SPRINTER FOR WORK /INSTALL DRAPERIES AND BLINDS. WITHOUT MY TRUCK IN THIS ECONOMY ,WELL, THATS MY MAIN TOOL TO WORK. THIS ENGINE COSTS $15,000 TO REPLACE AND THE GENEROUS OFFER OF $5750.00 FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE STILL WOULD LEAVE ME W/ A BILL FOR $9250.00 WHICH I DON'T HAVE .i BOUGHT THIS SPRINTER IN 2005 NEW BECAUSE I WANTED SOMETHING I COULD ALWAYS DEPEND ON. I MEAN I DID'NT JUST BUY A DODGE, I BOUGHT A MERCEDES BENZ WITH A FINE REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND ENDURANCE. ANY ADVICE? NOW, "TROY" IN DETROIT WON'T RETURN MY CALLS. PICKING UP MY TRUCK FROM RANCHO DODGE TODAY /ENGINE STILL AS IT WAS/NO HELP/ DO I NEED A LAWYER? I NEED HELP FROM MERCEDES OR DODGE. ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS? PLEASE RESPOND. AND YES, I DO HAVE ALL MY RECEIPTS FOR TIMELY OIL CHANGES, SERVICE, ETC.THIS SHOULD'NT HAVE HAPPENED/ EXPECTED MILAGE IS 300,000 TO 400,000 MILES BEFORE A REBUILD PER THE FLEET MANAGER AT UNION DODGE WHEN I BOUGHT IT/ AND MANY MECHANICS HAVE SAID THE SAME. DEFECTIVE TIMING CHAINS AND TENSIONERS ARE APPARENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FAILURE.
  • crankedcranked Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 dodge sprinter, at 16,000 miles the balancer broke off from the crank shaft at that time I was told this was already becoming a problem. They pieced it together and covered it under warrenty. Now at 106,000 miles it has happened again and now convientently since it is now not covered by warrenty Chrysler has redesigned the crank shaft because this is a design flaw and of course nohelp from chysler. I show dogs and I can count at least 5 people I know that own a 2005 that this has happened too. My dealership said they have repaired 3 in the last 2 weeks. That does not include 2x myself. Never mind the new transmition at 30,000 miles and the seal on a turbo exchange thing.
  • I got some of these motors coming out of rebuild next week.

    $5,000 exchanged Plus Shipping.

    $6,148 installed!

    Pictures may be seen here.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230383299630&- viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT

    Location Toledo, Ohio 43612

    Wayne (419)304-9996
  • I'm looking for some answers and the other discussion here doesn't answer why or if you have to replace the whole injector if you have leaking seals. But I have two leaking injectors with all the carbon build up mentioned in the other post. The shop where I take my trucks says it requires a special tool "software" i think and that each injector is calibrated or must be calibrated individually. Meaning, each injector is different and therefore requires individual attention.

    Is this confusing you too? Bottom line: approx $5k to do. Anybody have some experience with this issue? I'm looking for some answers. Thanks
  • Bottom line $5,000 is way to much!

    Truth is I have never seen any changes in the way that a motor runs when the calibration for each injector has been changed.

    If you can get to Toledo, Ohio 43612 I can get this done for you for less than $3,000 and that includes the new injectors, injector seals, injector bolts, removal of the back death problem, resurface the injector seats so that this problem will not happen again soon, and also take care of the calibration issue for you. I assume at this point in time that this is a 2004-2006 Sprinter we are talking about.

    Hope this helps, Wayne
  • andtayandtay Posts: 7
    edited September 2010
    My 2004 Dodge Sprinter is at the dealership for the third time with the same problem. The Sprinter will die when I push the gas pedal a little too hard going up an incline or trying to pass someone. I will pull over to the side of the road, turn the ignition off, wait a few minutes, then restart and it will run fine for a few days. Each time I take it in to the dealer, they seem to fix something different and charge over $1000.00 each time. The first time I took it in they replaced the module fuel tank, the filter, and a fuel hose, which cost me $1166.00 with labor. The second time I took it in, it had the same problem. It died in traffic. I pulled over to the shoulder. Turned the ignition off for a few minutes, then restarted it. After it happened I took it to the dealer. I can't remember what they did right this minute, but they charged me another $1600.00 to fix it. Now this is the third time it has been dying and it is at the dealership. Of course my warranty was over at 85,000 miles. I bought the Sprinter brand new in 2005.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? Is the dealership cheating me? Should they fix it for free this time? Should I yell at them and tell them they don't know what they are doing and go to a Mercedes dealer? Please let me know your ideas.

    Andtay
  • THIS HAPPENED TO ME W/ MY 2004 SPRINTER. TURNED OUT TO BE THE EGR VALVE. THERE WAS A RECALL FOR THIS IN 2004 OR 2005.IF THE EGR VALVE WAS NOT FIXED UNDER THAT RECALL MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET IT CHECKED OUT. YOU MIGHT ALSO CHECK OUT A DIFFERENT MECHANIC OR DEALER/NOT SAYING THEY WERE BAD, JUST TRY YOUR LUCK SOMEWHERE ELSE. OH, BY THE WAY, A MONTH AFTER MY EGR VALVE WAS REPLACED MY ENGINE SEIZED UP /NOT SAYING THE PROBLEM W / THE ENGINE WAS RELATED TO THE EGR VALVE, I SIMPLY DONT KNOW. MERCEDES BENZ NEVER RETURNED ANY RESPONSE TO MY E MAILS/ DODGE IN DETROIT OFFERED $5750 OFF OF $15,000 THEN NEVER RETURNED MY CALLS AFTER THAT. THE DEALER TRIED TO HELP BUT THE PRICE NEVER GOT ANY BETTER. I SOLD MY TRUCK FOR $7000 AS IT WAS /I SIMPLY COULD'NT AFFORD TO FIX IT! I'M BACK TO AMERICAN BUILT VANS AGAIN. SOMEDAY THE ECONOMY WILL GET BETTER/I'LL BUILD MY BUSINESS BACK UP AGAIN AND BUY A FLEET OF FORD OR GM VANS. THERE ARE SO MANY COMPLAINTS ON THESE SPRINTER VANS ; AT LEAST IF MY ENGINE WERE TO GO BAD ON MY FORD VAN I COULD AFFORD TO REPLACE IT!!! I'M BUYING AMERICAN MADE FROM NOW ON!!
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