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Old 04-20-2011, 08:34 AM
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I just purchased my 2007 ram 1500 5.7 4x4, which i love already. However after owning the vehicle for a little while... After further inspection, i notice the front timing cover and cylinder heads look brand new.

I used to work as a service manager for nissan dealer, and we had the ability to search any repairs made at dealerhips under a certain vin #

does anyone here work for dodge or know of a way i can search for possibly any factory repairs made to the vehicle i purchased.

The reason im concerned is the vehicle i got was fully loaded,rims/tires,cat back exhaust,cold air intake,tinted windows,lights,sat radio... But the truck seems to be eating up the gas like crazy.

Scared i might of bought someone else's problem child.


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What kind of mileage are you getting? It's only rated like 12city/18hwy.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:07 AM
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Not driving vehicle hard at all, getting less then 10 mpg
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Welcome to the Hemi world... I usually average about 9 MHG on mine but I run a supper chip set to performance.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:13 AM
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Thats about normal for city driving. My 2007 5.7 gets anywhere from 9-11 mpg in the city, no matter how soft I touch the throttle. Highway driving mixed in will improve your average of course, but if you drive the majority in the city expect these numbers.

My 5.2 Durango had almost exactly the same numbers in the city as well.

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:15 AM
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Its sad but true that Hemis love gas.

With that being said, what size rims and tires do you have? How many miles? You can try resetting the PCM to make the PCM relearn your driving habits.
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I got 20' rims with 305/55/20 tires and the vehicle has 59,000 miles on it.

How do i reset the pcm/ecm ?
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You have 345hp out of 345cid pushing 5300lbs (at least). Not a good recipe for mileage, MDS or not.
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Might be time for plugs. A TB clean can't hurt, either. A 4x4 is gonna suck the stuff down, for sure.
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Do you know what maintenance has been done to her? Tranny/diff/oil change/plugs? If you're not sure do em! To reset the 'puter, just pull your battery cables for 15 or 20 minutes, or you can just touch em together. There is also a fuze you can pull, but dunno if your 07 would be the same as my 04. Theres always the search feature.
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...To reset the 'puter, just pull your battery cables for 15 or 20 minutes, or you can just touch em together. There is also a fuze you can pull, but dunno if your 07 would be the same as my 04. Theres always the search feature.
No search lately, unfortunately.

As for touching the battery cables together, make sure you also dance (clockwise) under the full moon while holding your left earlobe with your right hand. Otherwise, pull the "PCM" fuse and get in the truck. Buckle the belt, and turn the key to "on". Wait for all the chimes to stop. Put the fuse back in and start 'er up. It'll take a few miles for the computer to re-learn how you drive.
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If you are going by the overhead, it lies sometimes. manually do the math and see what you get.

Also, if those tires are not the stock diameter, your speedo will be off and will make your calculations wrong.
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I would say the fact that it's a 4x4 mixed with those tires is gonna bring the numbers down. In diameter, they are only .21" over stock, making your speedo slow by .622%, or 59.6mph at an actual 60mph. Negligible difference there. However, your 305 is 1.18" wider than stock, creating a considerably larger contact patch, which creates considerably more resistance against forward movement.
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[quote=mikehtally; pull the "pcm" fuse and get in the truck. Buckle the belt, and turn the key to "on". Wait for all the chimes to stop. Put the fuse back in and start 'er up. It'll take a few miles for the computer to re-learn how you drive.[/quote]


thanks guys for all your help^^^^ is this really how i do the pcm relearn?
I would never use the overhead console,it was a manual figuring...

I dont have the maint records, thats why i orignally started this thread, to find out if there was anyone that the ability to search dodge dealership service/warranty repair history's

i changed the oil and trans fluid with filter... I will be doing the transfer case w/frt and rear diff fluids today.

What kind of spark plugs should i use?
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Champion coppers, some use NGK which are fine. With 30k change intervals and no measurable gains from them, there is no reason to pay extra for platinum plugs. Some actually see degraded performance with them.

Any used vehicle I've ever bought got a COMPLETE tune-up as soon as I could get around to doing it, no matter if it came with service records or not. I like certain brands and don't trust what other people or dubious shops/dealerships use.

I don't do any real "city" driving, but my combo in/out of town driving is about 12.5 mpg, but I have my pig up to almost 7000 lbs. Highway I can usually nip 16'ish...
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7,000 lbs !!!! Holy cow.............
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7,000 lbs !!!! Holy cow.............
Suspension lifts weigh a lot when it has to have a sub-frame due to the fact that an IFS truck has no solid axle to build off of.

Add winch, full stainless grill guard, a solid winch mount, 35" 8 ply tires, not to mention a tool box jammed full of tools, recovery gear and even a small welding setup plus my 280# *** was in it when I went on the junk yard scale to weigh it. At least the bed was empty (except the tool box). Just over 7000# with me in it, just under when I get out.

I really can't complain about the gas mileage...
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My 2wd weighs 5240 with a full tank of gas.

The heads and front might just look new because they are aluminum while the block is cast iron and the intake and valve covers are black plastic.

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