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First post here but been a Dodge lover for years.
I bought a 2001 Ram 2500 with a V10 and 55,000 miles on it last weekend. Test drove it with no problems and drove it home about 20 miles with no problems. Took it out after i got plates on it and something has happened. It has a hard time picking up speed and I can here some pinging and alittle backfiring, then all of a sudden it opens up and runs fine. I slow back down and the same thing happens. once and a while it will run fine but most of the time it dogs down and has a hard time getting up to speed. The PO bought it new and used it to pull his camper, then in 05 he had a plow installed and for the last 2 years he has just used it to plow his driveway and hasn't driven it on the road. Wandering if I have gummed up injectors, bad Cats, etc. It thru one code for o2 sensor voltage high but I was able to clear it and I think it was because it was pinning and backfiring.
Sorry to ramble but I am hoping that this is not a major problem.
Thank you for any help.
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Just replaced the T-stat because yesturday while I was driving it around I kept hearing a rush of fluid flowing, thought it was failing t-stat. Now I started it up and white smoke is pouring out the exhaust along with water, also the radiator hose seems to be rock hard. Hoping it is not a blown head gasket or bad head, any thoughts.
I just changed the oil yesturday morning and it still looks clean but I only ran it for 10 minutes to see if the smoke would clear after I changed the T-stat today. Not sure what to do right now besides bring it to a repair shop but after spending $5,200 on it I don't have anything left over. I did not buy it from a dealer, private party.
thanks for the help
Ouch. May wanna have a chat with him..... you don't wanna drive it like that, you could end up trashing the whole motor. See if you can get some of your money back, maybe mention your best friend is a lawyer.......
Thanks for the info, last time I heard rushing fluid into the heater box in one of my old trucks it was the T-stat that is why I replaced it. So the conclusion on my problem is more likley the head gasket or head? I was taught a deal is a deal and I believe that the PO had no clue there was any problem with the motor but thanks for the best friend idea. Just checked the radiator cap and still alot of pressure after 2 hours of sitting.
Haven't had a chance to really drive it yet, I was worried about the 2 extra cylinders. Asking me right now I'm not inpressed, last time I bought something with low miles that was older all I had was oil leaks after I started driving it. This is just depressing, I will let you know once I can drive it.
If you have a place you can work, and some tools, (can probably rent a torque wrench, or other 'special' tools you may need.) You can prolly do the gaskets for under 200. have the heads check by a machine shop, and if you have the scratch, have them do a valve job as well...... Of course, the additional machine work would add to the final tab.
More problems, went to pull the plugs out to check them and the drivers side plugs will not move (rusted in). Looks like this head is completely rusted and the exhaust manifold where you can't even see the bolt heads any more. I don't think I will be doing this job myself as it doesn't look like this will come apart very easy. Thank you everyone for the info.
I just got my first 2 quotes for repairs, around $1.700 to fix this.. ouch. Thanks for the info with the pent. lube I plan on doing that to help out who ever repairs it. (Or make it easier for the next guy). I live on the west side in Hamilton.
Thanks again for the help.
Got a place to work on it? Basic hand tools? Something else to drive while it is down? Parts aren't really all that expensive, probably less than 200..... another 100 or so in machine work, the rest is going to be labor. If you can do your own, makes it much more affordable.
Yes it is a bit of a cruise from where you are but thanks. I have a barn to work on it but I don't have the time, been working 6 days, kids in sports and helping my mother in law with her house. With the way the bolts look it will take longer than I have time for. Been looking around and found a little cheaper places to fix it as long as nothing major needs to be replaced (head, exhaust manifold). I will keep you posted when I have it repaired.
Thanks again for the info.
Qiuck responce, I just got my truck back... 1 bad head and the other had bad valves. Bad news is still runs like crap after it gets warm. I took it home from the repair shop to change a few things (coil packs, etc..) to see if it will improve. I will let everyone know when I figure it out.
Thanks for the help!!!