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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2L Questions..

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:06 PM
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Question 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2L Questions..

This is my first truck I have had, Its only got a 5.2L engine and I dont think its got all the power it should. Maybe its me or is it my truck? I see videos all the time of 01 dodges burning tire with no problem, But my truck has a hard time I cant do it on dry pavement and even in sand or wet pavement I can with the gas to the floor and wont do a break stand very long before it dies down. Also whats the average miles to a tank of gas cause im only getting about 270 miles per tank seems low maybe something is wrong with the engine not letting me get all my horsepower and sucking up gas? Also any idea why my transmistion doesnt shift when I floor the gas from a stop? I get up to about 5,000 rpm and I have to let off for it to shift is that normal or is it the truck? If someone with the same truck could explain to me if this stuff is normal and if so how can I improve it? My truck does have 106,xxx miles but it drives very nice for a truck its all tight and smooth ride seems like the last owner used it only for highway use, so maybe its because of the 5.2L I dont know..

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:57 AM
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The tranny doing that is not normal. My 1995 Dakota with the 5.2L did that for two years, never got worse, never got better. Up to you, I dealt with it because I didn't feel like putting $1500 for a rebuild into a truck worth $4000. It never got worse, so I guess I got lucky. Was told it was a sticky valve, but the procedures for dealing with a sticky valve didn't fix it. Stopped worrying about it when I traded it in for my Ram.

The thing about it not being able to spin the tires is probably a combination of a couple things:
1. Blown plenum gasket. Do a search using the link at the top of the page. 99% of our Dodge trucks have this issue.
Solution: Hughes or APS plenum plate kit. You should also find more info on these in your search.
2. "Death Flash". This is related to the blown plenum gasket. Again, do a search, you should be able to find it easily, as both have been re-discussed within the past month.
Solution: A tuner or custom flash. Again, you should be able to find info on this in your search.
3. 3.55 gear ratio. Most trucks came with this from the factory. A few were ordered with 3.92 gears. Off Road editions came with 4.10 gears. 3.55 gears is a decent gear for gas mileage if you have small tires (factory size 225s, for example). Anything bigger, and they aren't really a good match.
Solution: I will be upgrading to 3.92s when I have the coin to pay for the install (have the ring and pinion for both axles sitting in a box in my closet). Do a search for this as well, as others have explained it far better than I can.
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:44 AM
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4x4, bigger tires, extra weight (crap you carry) etc all add up to loss of ability to burn out and loss of mpg's. My truck gets around 270 a tank and thats with 265's all my tools and of course the 4x4.
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how can I tell if my plenum gasket is blown never heard of that before
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I'm gonna teach you to fish.

Click on this: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/search.php

In the "Search by Keyword" section, type in "plenum".
In the "Search in Forum(s)" section, scroll down and highlight "2nd Gen Ram".
Then click "Search Now".

Read, read, read ... there's a TON of information.
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I'm gonna teach you to fish.

Click on this: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/search.php

In the "Search by Keyword" section, type in "plenum".
In the "Search in Forum(s)" section, scroll down and highlight "2nd Gen Ram".
Then click "Search Now".

Read, read, read ... there's a TON of information.

Or you could take off the air hat and look down in to the throttle body with a flash light and a mirror. What you are looking for is pooled oil. If there is pooled your gasket is blown. Another indicator is if you are pinging on acceleration.
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Or you could take off the air hat and look down in to the throttle body with a flash light and a mirror. What you are looking for is pooled oil. If there is pooled your gasket is blown. Another indicator is if you are pinging on acceleration.
Yes ... for the THOUSANDTH time.
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your shifting issue sounds like the front transmission band needs adjusted. several posts on that around here, just search band adjustment.
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I have a limited-slip rear end in mine and I can only peel out on dirt. I have a 98 QC 1500 318. These 318's aren't made for performance. They are made for very light duty work. I've had several 318's over the years and none of them would really "light 'em up". Now the old 318 wedge, those suckers could crank it up.
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The 5.2L (318) is actually decent if you fix the death flash and the plenum gasket.
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I remember the 318 in my 72 Charger...man, I loved to rip turns in that car....
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your transmission problem is your front bands, it's ok to adjust them that will fix it for a little while, during that period it's probably best to replace it, which is fairly simple, you can do it without taking the tranny itself out. ive adjusted mine twice, then replaced it. just search on the forum, gauruntee there's 400 topics asking about slipping from 1st to 2nd, and they are all answered the same way. if it's not the band its a bunch of things to do with your governing system, which i couldn't explain, because i only had to deal with the bands. the fact that you can't peel out, probly because it's just an ol 318, get a new plenum plate, or intake kit, maybe en exhaust, all i have is an exhaust, a throttle body spacer, and a K&N Intake system, mine peels out good enough. mind you if you have to replace your front bands more then once within 20k like i had to, it's time for a new tranny. i'm just not going to until my $500 truck is worth $2200
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My 1996 with the mods listed bleow would have blown the doors off the 2001 bone stock (except for fastman) that i have now.

The deathflash does A LOT to hurt performance.
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My little 318 isnt very big about burning the tires, but once its wound out it will hold its own against a hemi. Well until around the 100mph mark, then my friend just walks away. Even so he was very impressed with my truck which was nice because he has every bolt on u can get without getting into engine work. These trucks have great 2800 - 5000 rpm power but fall below that, just hang it up. Almost like the engine chokes up or something
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Erm... Its a TRUCK. Mine weighs somewhere north of 5000 pounds, without me in it.... I am thinkin' anything over about 75 or so on the freeway is pushing my luck.....

And tires are expensive........ and I am poor.
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