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7.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,710 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 092003

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,103 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer was having problems with the intake manifold. The intake manifold ruptured which caused the oil to be sucked out of the oil pan, after the repair was made on the gasket, the bearing on the crankshaft failed, prior to the failure the consumer noticed the oil pressure gauge did not register correctly.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 082002

Ram 3500

  • 45,000 miles
Oil changes were done every 3000-5000 miles. The third and fourth piston rods were worn down and then broke. ******dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****7757169

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jan 212003

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer states while driving at highway speed the engine will shut down causing lost of power steering. Please provide any additional information.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #7

Apr 292002

Ram 3500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine blew a rod, causing engine to rattle.

- Bonnie Terre, MO, USA

problem #6

Dec 012000

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket is leaking onto exhaust. The oil leaking on to the exhaust pipe could cause fire when the exhaust pipe becomes hot.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #5

May 112000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When driving the plenum within the engine head gasket blew out. This part has blowen out every 6 thousand miles, parts have been replaced on three different occasions.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 301999

Ram 3500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Leaking oil through tailpipe-engine clatter at high speed. Defective intake base gasket. Blew out four quarts of oil over 750 mile trip, mostly interstate travel. Service bulletin not divulged to owner during routine service.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oil pressure sending unit failed.

- Thousand O, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 071999

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
Failure of the intake gasket caused the engine's oil supply to be evacuated through the vacuum system. Not only was this event detrimental to the engine itself but it also contaminated the vacuum and exhaust systems.

- Mexico, NY, USA

problem #1

May 211998

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck vibrates between 30-67 mph. Dealer has changed the torque converter, drivershaft, replaced ring and pinion, yoke, bearings and seals. Truck has burned 1/2 qt of oil per 1000 miles since new.

- Hebron, IN, USA

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