Dodge Ram



  • jcmdiejcmdie Member Posts: 594
    Possibly try another dealer or go back and test some other quadcabs for comparison. What you are going though is what I was afraid of when I bought mine. My doors don't shake or rattle or squeak even on really nasty roads. You shouldn't have to put up with this. Your dealer may be trying to fix the problem but obviously the solution is beyond his mechanic's abilities. When you do get it fixed the ride is very peaceful. Good Luck.
  • panmanpanman Member Posts: 25
    I agree with jcmdie, I never hear one squeak from my doors and you shouldn't have to put up with that. You put down a large chunk of change for a new truck, partly because you didn't want to hear squeaks and rattles that are more prominent in older vehicles. Are there other dealers in your area who you can have look at it?
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326
    jcmdie & panman:

    There's another Dodge dealer out on the highway. I just may give them a call and see if they can help. The noise isn't what I'd call "terrible," just irritating. Mostly because you're right - I paid a lot for a brand new truck and it shouldn't sound like a 10 yr. old junk heap.

    I'll take a ride out to the highway dealer this weekend and look closely at the other quad cabs to see how their doors line up.

    Thanks, guys. I was ready to give up, but your encouragement brought back my fighting spirit.
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326
    Ok truck fans, I need some help.

    About two weeks agoI put mud flaps on the front of my Ram. These were the molded ones from Chrysler that are made for Dodge trucks. I followed the instructions to the letter, and aside from having to use a larger drill bit than they recommended, the installation went smooth.

    Yesterday I was washing the truck and I noticed that THE PAINT IS RUBBING OFF where the mud flaps meet the body. I am guessing that wind vibration is causing the flaps to rub against the paint.

    I thought of trimming the flaps so they do not make contact with the body, but that will cause water and debris to collect in that plastic pocket on the back of the flaps. I also thought of running a bead of clear silicone along the seam to keep the flaps from moving against the side of the truck.

    Any suggestions? I'm calling today to get some touch-up paint, but I want to prevent further damage.
  • glengleglengle Member Posts: 57
    Thanks for the replies. I took my Ram in with 8 documented problems on May 6. Everyone was very courteous and willing to help.

    If anyone is interested, I can post the entire list of problems. I don't want to waste bandwidth, so I'll post it on request.

    Again, thanks.

  • richram123richram123 Member Posts: 35

    I also installed molded mudflaps on the front and rear of my 98 Ram1500. They are black and have the Ram head ligi in chrome. I did not like how they fit . They were too low to the ground and did not sit in the front wheel wells poperly. I trimmed them to fit the contour of the fron t wheel wells and rasied them so that only about 6 inches were below the body. Using this technique the installation turned out great. They look good and I have no missing paint or body rubbing.

    I hope this is helpful

  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    Thanks for the suggestion. Those are the same mud flaps I have, except the ram's head is not chrome, just raised black :(

    Since I've already drilled the holes, I don't want to move the flaps from their current position and drill more holes. I think I'm going to try just trimming away a little of the plastic where it touches the body side.

    Yesterday I ordered another pair for the back and some touch-up paint. When I put the back ones on, I'll try to make sure they don't fit tight against the truck this time. I'm also going to try smoothing the edge of the plastic before installing them. It does feel pretty sharp.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Member Posts: 98
    Get yourself some Teflon tape with one side having pressure-sensitive adhesive. Peel the adhesive side off and apply it between the portion where the mudflap and the paint meet. Then reattach the mudflap using stainless-steel screws and support washers. This should fix your problem. The mudflap is the part that is moving against the painted surface, so be sure to attach the adhesive side to the painted surface, or this will not work. The Teflon tape can be purchased from a local Industrial supplier, or you may luck-out and find it at a quality hardware store.

    good luck,
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Member Posts: 98
    If you can't find Teflon tape, you can ask for a similarly slippery plastic that goes by the tradename of UHMW. It also comes in a tape style with adhesive backing.

    I would most definitely be interested to hear the cause of the noise problem that seemed to come from under the dashboard, if I remember our conversation correctly. Glad to hear things were fixed to your satisfaction.

  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    Thanks. Funny you should mention tape, because I stuck some Scotch tape over the scratches as a temporary fix until I could figure out what to do. Your idea sounds great. I'll look for some tape over the weekend.

    I've got to figure a way to make this work, 'cause I really need the mud flaps to protect the truck. Some of the roads I drive on have lots of gravel and mud.
  • jwatersjwaters Member Posts: 3
    I have a chance to buy a '97, Dodge 3500 4x4 with V10, auto trans. and 3.54 gears. Truck has towing package and is already equipped with
    a 5th wheel hitch. I'd like to know what the towing capacity of this truck is and comments from anyone who has this combo and uses it for trailering. Dodge book makes no destinction in book on 5th wheel capacity between 5.45 and 4.10 gears.
    It lists 12500#s for both. Thanks for input. Jim.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    The V10 trucks have the same towing capacity regardless. The engine provides enough torque to make the gear ratio difference irrelevant. The new 24-valve Cummins is the same way, although the older 12-valve diesel did have different ratings with the two axles.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Member Posts: 98
    Although this is called "tape", it's actually about 1/64" thick, much stiffer than masking or "duct" tape. My new 3500 will be here by next week, and I am going to use the same technique for myself to attach the front mud flaps. After you put it on, you can carefully trim the excess that is sticking out with a razor blade. Please try to limit any self-inflicted wounds using this technique :-)
  • 4myjob4myjob Member Posts: 19
    I didn't see which engine you had, but on my Cummins I was getting a strange noise also that was related to rpms. They replaced the heater hose restrictor and the problem seems to have been eliminated.
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    Do you think Home Depot would carry this tape? I picked up the rear mud flaps and the touch-up paint yesterday and will probably work on it over the weekend. Your idea sounds great - I just don't want to spend the whole day running around looking for something. Thanks!
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Member Posts: 98
    Do your searching by telephone, it saves gas.
    I found suppliers in my city by looking in the Yellow Pages under Plastics - Raw Materials. Tell them exactly what you're looking for, and if they don't stock it, chances are they can tell you who does.
  • marsh2marsh2 Member Posts: 4
    Hey guys-Just bought a 98 2500HD diesel 12 valve vs the 24valve. Love hunkering up the road with the purr of the diesel. I feel like I'm on top of the world, and nothing can stop me. Scares me that I feel so safe and comfortable in my truck. Since I never drove a 24v, I just wondered if anyone had any input on the differences between the two engines other than the increased horsepower and torque on the 24v.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    One of the main reasons Cummins switched to a 4 valve head was emissions. The 12v needed a cat-con, the 24v doesn't - not even in California.
    The 24v also has electronic fuel injection for more precise delivery. Day-to-day driving will not really yield much difference if your right foot is in the same place. People who went from the 12v to te 24v said they didn't notice any of the claimed mpg increases because they were too busy enjoying the extra horses.
  • panmanpanman Member Posts: 25
    Thanks for the tip. I have the 5.9L V8. I think the sound is getting worse so as soon as I get walls up in my house, I'm going to take a service tech for a ride.

    I would be interested to hear your problems and the solutions.
  • pat12pat12 Member Posts: 1
    I have recently purchased a 95 dodge ram sport 4X4 truck with a 360 v8. I was wondering if anyone else has had any problems with the rear abs sensors or brakes?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    The rear brake adjusters are lousy on Rams, and not just 95s. Normally, they are suposed to self adjust when traveling backwards 10 feet. It got to the point where Dodge even changed the owners manual to say rear drums need to be manually adjusted regularly - in some cases at each (or every other) oil change, depending on how much you drive.
  • fleetmaster1fleetmaster1 Member Posts: 18
    I'm Back

    Just put 2900 miles on SY Ram. with the 5.9 v8
    she avg. 17.5 mpg. This is a fun truck to drive

    When i got home i did have to spend about 10 hours getting her cleaned up and rowtating the tires, adjusting the brakes, change the oil, and filter,

    The lug nuts shur looked good after getting the wax on them, HA, HA

    I'm just letting you know this is one great TRUCK

  • ericgericg Member Posts: 38
    I was just wondering if anyone out there would know when the 2000 dodge ram 1500 were comming out. I want to purchase one is it going to be worth the wait or should i by the cheeper 99.

    I guess what I am really asking is: are there going to be major changes to the 2000 and what are they and when will they be on the lot(I heard late August?).

    Advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanx

    Eric G.
  • jerryfmjerryfm Member Posts: 3
    I am new to this site and the proud owner of a brand new Dodge 24 valve cummins, short box, auto, forest green and just as pretty as can be! I only have 1,500 miles on it now and have loved every one of them.
    I just had a fifth wheel hitch installed and getting ready for camping.
    I cant explain the feeling I get when I fire up the engine but if you could see the smile I'm sure you could see the pleasure!
    Looking forward to joining in on the topics.
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Member Posts: 98
    Just thought I'd mention I took possession of my new 3500/QuadCab/Cummins/4wd yesterday, and the wife and I drove it around a while just for the fun. God, but this is one sweet machine.
    Picked up my mother for a ride (she's 74) and because we don't get the steps put on until Monday, we had to give her a step stool just to get in.
    Several of my co-workers have admired this beauty today, and have all asked the same question: "What the heck are you going to do with that?" I just smiled, and said "Anthing I want..."

    Thanks again for your help.
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    Fixed the mud flap problem! I found some adhesive-backed foam weather stripping, about 1/4" wide and not very thick. I taped it to the truck where the flap's edge hits it, and it came out great! Makes a nice seal and prevents the rubbing. I couldn't find the Teflon tape or anything similar, so I tried something else. Thanks for all your help and suggestions. :-)
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    You're very welcome, and glad you like yours as much as I like mine. My baby-semi turns 3 years old on Monday, 47,000 miles, and STILL no cpmplaints.

    It was the Friday before MemDay weekend in 1996 when I took delivery, and needless to say, by the time I got to work on Tuesday, I had refilled the tank twice :)
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326
    Happy Birthday Sunset!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    the lady in black thanks you!

    For those wondering, ladyblue knows my truck's name is Sunset :)
  • LohengrinLohengrin Member Posts: 84
    Over 2000 miles on my Ram and I still love it. Very comfortable. Even did a little offroading and it handled the rutted logging road with aplum. Finally starting to get better mpg. Only one small complaint and I'm wondering if anyone here can help. On bumpy roads at freeway speeds the cuphold compartment rattles slightly emmitting a buzzing sound. It sort of like a leaky faucet-you don't usually notice it, but once you do you can't get it out of your head. Anyway, is this problem endemic or am I just the lucky one? Anybody know how to eliminate it?
  • Blong1Blong1 Member Posts: 17
    Anyone ever install OEM style driving/fog lights on your RAM. I bought the kit (2 pieces) and have read the directions. The wiring harness directions are great. The light mounting directions are so so. Wondering if there are any hints before I start. BTW it's a 98 1500 Black Quad with an ARE cap. Black Beauty!!!
  • jerryfmjerryfm Member Posts: 3
    I'm getting ready to change the oil in the cummins for the first time. Is there any secrets I should know? What brand oil should I get started with? Is using diesel additives a good thing to do?
    Today after a fairly hard run pulling a trailer I got home and after about a 5 minute shut down it coughed when I shut it off. Any ideas what that was?
  • ramboyramboy Member Posts: 1
    Can anyone let me know what kind of gas mileage
    they are getting with the 5.2 liter V-8 on a
    Dodge Ram quad cab 4x4. I only get about 10 city
    and 13 miles per gallon highway. I thought I would
    get better mileage than this. It is rated 13 city and 16 highway. I only have about 4000 miles on
    the truck and hopefully the mileage will bet
    better as the engine gets broken in.
  • ddanielddaniel Member Posts: 2
    Has anyone recalibrated their speedometer? I've got 255/85R16 tires on my '98 24V Dodge. They look and work great but the speedo is about 10% slow.
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326
    Hi ramboy:

    I have the same truck with just under 4000 miles on it. I'm getting slightly better mileage than you, but not much. If I remember, the estimates on the sticker were pretty low. The best I've seen so far is around 15-16mpg on the highway, and the worst was around 9mpg in town.
  • bushpilotbushpilot Member Posts: 9
    Hello folks. I was here a few months ago trying to decide if I should get a Dodge or Ford. (have had fords for years) I bought the Dodge 2500 Cummins.

    WOW! What an upgrade from a Ford! I never looked back. I also bought a 300M and I opt for the 2500 4 time out of 5 when I walk out of the house. Love the sound, feel and high up ride of the Ram. Its loaded

    Quad Cab
    4x4 long bed
    Travel convenience group
    Rear underseat compartment
    Sliding rear window
    Remote keyless entry
    Fog lamps
    AM/FM stereo w/CD, cassette and equalizer
    Chrome wheels
    Bedliner, Leer
    Power seats
    Towing package
    anti slip
    upgrade transfer case
    I dont remember what all else.

    It looks great. But if you folks really want your truck to look great, treat it to the Zanno show car wax! That stuff is easy to apply and makes the paint reflect like a mirror! At least twice the shine of anything else Ive seen! I origionally ordered it for the 300M, but its migrated to the Ram. I'll post some picks of it in a week or so.

  • glengleglengle Member Posts: 57
    Sorry for the delayed response. I've been out of town for about a week.

    Talked to the service manager today after two attempts to fix a total of 8 problems with my Ram. I told her that I would give her one more attempt to repair the vehicle, and if it isn't fixed I will afford them the opportunity to buy it back.

    Send email to [email protected] and I will be glad to discuss the details offline. This is mostly a topic for Dodge "fans", and I would like to respect that by not trashing my truck here.
  • Blong1Blong1 Member Posts: 17
    Make that 40 and 46mph not 446
  • bushpilotbushpilot Member Posts: 9
    Nyet! This is a page for Ram owners! If you have problems I for one am interested. It keeps me aware so I can anticipate problems or catch them early if I see symptoms of something you write about. As for me, I've no problems so far, but I for one ask that you DO post.
  • gashoggashog Member Posts: 10
    Where did you find the front/rear mudflaps you have? I've checked in several OR catalogs and parts places with no luck. Are they dealer flaps? That's about the only place I haven't been yet. I really want something that looks good to complement the looks of my RAM QC. I'm also looking for molded style steprails to make getting in and out easier. One company I found, GT Styling in Ontario CA, makes a nice steprail but it doesn't quite go completely under the rear door. It would be really nice to get a molded steprail that incorporates the front mud flap.
    The search continues-- as klkrueger suggested- I'm heading for the telephone.
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    I got my mudflaps at the dealer. They were 39.99 a pair and they have the ram's head on them. Richram, the lucky duck, says his ram's heads are chrome. They weren't hard to install and look good.

    I have Westin chrome nerf bars on my truck. I think if you're looking for a whole sidestep/mudflap custom look you'll have to go through one of the bigger accessory shops. Sometimes the companies who make caps and lids also make the steel-supported fiberglass steps like they put on vans. Try ARE, Leer and Glasstite for a start. Sorry, I don't have any numbers or links for them.
  • babytruckbabytruck Member Posts: 1
    Howdy -- As I was driving up the interstate this afternoon my air conditioning stopped. It was like someone threw a switch. I checked the owner's manual and it indicated that the fuse for the A/C is the same as for the ignition, some lights, etc. So I assume it's not the fuse. Any suggestions? It's a 1998 RAM, and under warranty, but I'm 600 miles from home and not looking forward to driving all day Monday in this heat with out A/C.
  • richram123richram123 Member Posts: 35
    Lady Blue
    My molded mudflaps were bought at the dealer.
    I think they were $10 or $15 a pair. I bought them at Reedman in PA.

    I was suprised they were so cheap.

  • glengleglengle Member Posts: 57
    I, too have a bog in OD when accelerating. The service manager said it was normal until she drove mine. Then she said it was in fact excessive and that something was wrong. This is one of 9 problems total I have with the truck. It goes in the shop for the third time either Tuesday or Wednesday. Should be interesting...
  • glengleglengle Member Posts: 57
    Thanks for the encouragement. Not all fans are as willing to hear about their vehicles' shortcomings.

    The wife and I looked all over two cities today for a potential replacement for the Ram should ChryCo buy it back. The only thing that came close was a F150 5.4 4WD Supercab, but I still didn't like it as well as mine.

    I just want my truck fixed, but I don't want to keep it if these problems can't be rectified. Am I just too picky? A skinny sheet of the probs is this:

    Bog in OD.
    Diff whine.
    Clunk in trans from 1-2 and 2-3 shift.
    Squeaks in bed (leaf springs).
    Clunk in rear suspension when turning.
    Door window weatherstripping falling off.
    Door rattle where above is happening.
    Rotor squealing.
    Howling from tranny in reverse (known prob).
    Grinding when braking to the right from cowl.

    All of these were confirmed to be legit and real problems by the service manager last week with only 2500 miles on the truck.

    We shall see...
  • 4myjob4myjob Member Posts: 19
    Just curious, where was your truck made?
  • ladyblueladyblue Member Posts: 326

    You did get those mudflaps cheap! I paid the standard dealer price, same as listed on the Dodge website. I guess not just the vehicles are cheaper at Reedman. :-)
  • richram123richram123 Member Posts: 35

    Speaking of cheap. This is my family's 6th vehicle from Reedmans in 9 years.I paid 22,900(not including $3000 trade in for a 90 s10 blazer 170K miles) for my 98 Ram Club Cab 4x4 slt
    Power win and locks
    5.9 360 v8
    Cloth interior
    Auto Trans, A/C
    chrome wheels
    265 offroad tires.
    It listed at 28K and I bargained down
    There was a $1000 rebate and I got 5.9% apr.
    They also gave me a great trade, which I negotiated after I finalized the truck $$.
    I think I got a great deal. I was looking for a quad cab with the tow pakage but I couldnt afford it. The club cab is fine for my 2 small kids. I also do have any creaks in the doors. I also installed my own tow package ($120 for a class 4 hitch and $60 for an auxiallary trans cooler that I installed.)

    The truck is great, but at 11k miles i need new front pads (only 1 of the 4 is bad. This is covered under warranty and I will get new pads on FRiday. How is your truck doing?


  • ukcatsrul1ukcatsrul1 Member Posts: 3
    Hi just bought a new 1999 Quad Cab 4x4, this is the first 4x4 I have owned. I have 200 miles on the truck and just wondered what are some of the things to keep in mind when its time to do the scheduled maintenance on a 4x4. Thanks, Mark
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516

    sit down and read that owner's manual. If you even come close to the requirements for the heavy duty maintenance schgedule, do it by the book, even though some of that stuff may seem annoyingly frequent.

    I'm a couple of days away from 48K on my 96 Ram, and yeah, changing the transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, and diff fluid every 12K seems like a pain, but I have not had a drivetrain problem in three years. And in my case, it's known that the diesel will eat the Dodge automatics for lunch - but not in my truck :)
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