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2nd Gen Ram Tech1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.
Why do you ask? Did something get changed (new distributor, timing chain+gears, etc.).
The 5.9 Magnum motor uses a timing chain and does not use a timing belt (that must be replaced every 60,000 - 90,000 miles). The chain does stretch with time/use and the gears wear. If your engine needs a new timing chain and gear set, be sure to install a double-roller chain and gear set as they will last a long time. Also, add in a timing chain tensioner (P5007099) and you will have rock-solid engine timing for the rest of the life of your engine - you can view the tensioner here:
tdc #6 is top dead center on #6 cylinder. When #6 cyl is on top dead center the dots on the cam and crank gears will line up. If you line the dots up before you remove the timing gears you will not have to time or sync it. You cannot time or sync it by ear. It is controlled by the pcm.
Thank you so much, um kinda funny how or why I'm asking I will explain,I own a 99 grand price and I washaving some idling issues no power going up hills etc. And my bring who owns the Dodge truck that I'm inquiring about was to busy into his truck of souping it all putting different this gs on engine to make it go fast,more power,modified the dual exhaust etc. Didn't have time for mine so I put the obd2 scanner on mine and figured out what the two codes were that it said was wrong with My vehicle, so I decide to just Google it once to see what it said on how to fix the issues and where to start to narrow it down etc.did this all over a period of a week or so even went yo oreillts and bought the repair manual needless to say I learned a lot but still was a little scared to do it physically yet, so I said a few this know what it could be, and got them done but oh that needed to be done anyways (he knew that) so my crankshaft sensor was changed that we both knew but them I said new plugs and wires. And go from there well the car still ran choppy so I put the scanner back on eyv.
Dont want to waste anymore of your time, so long story shortI figured out what the issues were even tho I was told that isn't it dummy, or yep u got all the awers, no I don't but not ashamed to ask either ans look I told you how to fix it what it was that was wrong, and that didn't go over to we'll,but anyways byme doing that I got the basic idea of how an engine is put together and and what what Mae's it Runn replacing the exterior parts on it and I remember reading on timing and I had the basic idea what he had yo do b4 I even went on this sight to ask and I told him
What he needed to do but nope that is not it, I said okay when you are do.e getting.g it ti
ed let me know how it runs, yea they did that by ear and you don't need a tool and you don't need to sync it or I'm like yea that helps on gas also makes it where your truck don't run so lean which his does, but he says all dodges do,that's just how they are. Lol I just find it comical how he will not listen to me or take any suggestions. So that's my story but now also relize how much I like cars a.d and actually might consider going back to school,so I thank all you guys and gals who helped me out with trying different things to figure out what the problem is. But still interested in the questions I have asked yet about his truck whether I tell him or not just nice to know and another thing learned.
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