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Re: Re: 1997 Dodge Ram Question

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Posted by 26Red on July 07, 2004 at 14:16:58 from (

In Reply to: Re: 1997 Dodge Ram Question posted by rhouston on June 30, 2004 at 13:34:17:

All of those things are normal wear and tear items except for the new engine? Was that due to the oil pump failing? I have a '97 4x4, 360, auto, and 200,000 miles.. same engine, same transmission...just used synthetic oil and didn't tow my tractors on the trailer in overdrive.. Needs new shocks, u-joints, draglink and bushings replaced. Not to say that extended warranty paid for iteself in the first 100k miles.

Go to the website www dot mopar chat dot com for more information on your truck and trick fixes. Also try the website www dot dodge trucks dot org for more info.

The brakes are not great on that year, the rear brakes don't self adjust well either... the front brakes are the same as some GM models. In 1999 or 2000 models, they changed the brake caliper design.

Drivers door rust is typical.. lots of guys remove the door panel and spray wd-40 or similar oil inside the door to prevent this. Mine is rusting away as we speak.

Water pump at 120 typical... and fuel pump? Don't run your gas tank to empty- keep at least 5 gals in the tank. The gas cools and lubes the pump..(or just run a can of two cycle oil through your tank when the pump gets noisey.)

Sorry to hear about all you problems on the truck, but it is pretty typical of those years. Too bad you fixed everything, now you have to keep it for another 4 years to make it worthwhile.

P.S. Assembled in Mexico!

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