If it's a 360. Figure about 11 miles per gallon...
i'm thinking of buying an 02 4x4 ram, slt with the sport package & was
wondering if theres anything i should look out for. it has 120,000
miles, one owner, & it looks mint. thanks for any info.
The number one problem that all dodge trucks seem
to have is poor carrier bearings in the diff. Most of
them only last 60-80K miles.
Park the truck on level ground. Put the trans in
neutral, set the parking brake, then shift to park.
Crawl under the truck, grab the drive shaft and try to
turn it. If you can measure the movement of the drive
shaft, the diff needs a rebuild.
Other than that, check the same things as every
vehicle with 120K miles on it.
That's not good advice for several reasons. Putting the trans in park may
lock up the drive shaft so if there is any slop in the diff you will not
find it. It is best to leave the trans in nuetral. Second, any slop in the
ujoints will let the drive shaft move even if the diff is fine. Also, worn
differential side gears and/ or cross pin on an open diff will also show up
as movement in the drive shaft.
That's the reason for putting it in neutral and
setting the parking brake first, then shifting to park.
That should put all the weight of the truck on the
parking brake, and not the trans. But since he doesn't
really know the status of the truck, there's no
guarentee that the parking brake actually works as it
should. So leaving it in neutral might be a little
risky. I wouldn't leav it in neutral unless I could
also chock the wheels.
The parking pawl has a considerable amount of play
in it (relativly speaking). That's why the truck rolls
a little when you put it in park and don't set the
If the drive shaft moves enough to bounce off the
teeth of the parking pawl, the diff is shot.
On Fri, 14 Sep 2007 14:54:22 -0400, email@example.com (D O A)
Up until 03, Dodge used a front axle tube that was notched near
pumpkin on passanger side for a axle disconnector. This weakened the
axle and made them prone to sag or bend a bit if you lifted them or
installed bigger tires and played hard. (I have seen many 1/2 ton
Didge so equipped with bent/warped front axles) You want to check this
real good. If truck is stock with stock tires it "should" still be
WOW all this time i just thought you guys were picking on him,, but the
snowman really is a dumb ass. The 1500 got a brand new independent front
end in 2002. The only problem with the new torsion bar front end was it
rode kind of soft. In 2006 they redid it with coil over springs and made
it a little stiffer and a little stronger. I have a 2002 1500 slt 4x4 sb
reg cab its been a great truck i love it, and yes the 360 (5.9L gas )
get 11 city and 16-18 hwy. The 46re is not a bad trany either. Just
change the fluid every 10,000 to 15,000 miles and adjust the bands every
20,000-30,000 miles and it should last forever
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