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Oil Sludge Buildup Destroyed Engine
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 62,400 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 3 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- dealer says must replace engine but not under warranty (2 reports)
- replace engine (1 reports)
- No one has added a helpful site for this 2001 Ram 1500 problem yet. Be the first!
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
Driving down road heard ticking sound, lost engine power, lost oil pressure. had to be towed to Garage where I was told there was oil sludge built up causing oil pick up problem. Was told by Garage common problem on my Model dodge Truck this was the year they changed the Filter size (to smaller) so it gets clogged more easily.
I had had oil changes done so I don't know how all the sludge got built up ?!
Was told the only fix was to have a new Engine put in...didn't have the money for that. So I took it to a another garage for a second opinion...they told me the same thing, but said they could pull the oil pan, clean the filter and eveything ($300+ later :(
Then told me this would at least fix it for me to drive it along till I could afford a new engine. That I would more than likely have this problem recur and I have. Moving forward 6 years now I am still limping this truck along just have not had the money to put a new engine in. Have had to have the oil pan, filter etc pulled and thoroughly cleaned at least 6-8 times over the last 6 years (which I guess isn't too bad, other than it being $300.00 a pop). but hey Iv limped the truck along this long. Due to the other problems Iv had with the truck (cracked Dashboard, and several different interior items breaking and failing, other engine issues and the paint oxidizing ) to me its not worth putting a new engine in this truck now. Just going to patch it and limp it along till it finally dies. Its sad that a vehicle that's only 9 years old is in as bad shape (not from me not taking care of it I did my best) as it is. I should have learned my lesson with a past dodge I owned that I had problems with! I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER DODGE.
My next Truck will be a FORD possibly a Chevy.
- horsegirl, Gainesville, FL, US