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Old 10-30-2018, 11:11 AM
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New member here, and first post. I did something I usually don't do, and that is make a fairly spur of the moment purchase prior to full knowledge of the product. I just got a great deal on a quad cab, 2008, 4.7 Dakota in great overall condition.

I come from a Chevy/GM background, so I don't have a lot of knowledge on these.

I'm looking for general suggestions on areas of concern for these models an owner would be advised to keep an eye on over time. Are there common problem areas for these one should keep in mind/eye on over time? Appreciate any suggestions. So far, enjoying the truck - it's a nice rig.
 
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:03 PM
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Front End!

Ball joints, tie-rod ends, sway-bar end-links. These fail with regularity. If they have been replaced with high-quality greasable components, you can get some mileage out of them. (that's if someone has greased them).

Otherwise, most don't have too much trouble if you keep the battery fresh. Low batteries seem to cause electronic/driveability issues.
 
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northgator8,

Thank you. Yeah, that is exactly what I was looking for. Each make usually has its strengths and weaknesses, and some things to monitor over time. As a Chevy guy, I know what those are on those rigs, but this is my first Dodge truck.

Thank you very much for your reply. Good news - currently front end is tight and quiet. But I appreciate very much knowing that's a common wear area.
 
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Catch up on the required maintenance and keep up with the maintenance. Don't let it overheat. 4.7's don't like it when overheated. Aforementioned front end components. Struts are a good investment first thing. Monroe or Rancho. Not much aftermarket support out there for these trucks unfortunately. Treat it good and it will treat you good. Welcome to the forum. There's tons of good info on these trucks in the FAQ and main sections.
 
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Some (like me) have a low speed vibration issue. Hard to notice when you first get it. Also listen to your front wheel bearings, they are known for their short life. I've gone through a set every 45k miles or so.
 
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Great feedback, guys.

I very much appreciate it.
 
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Some (like me) have a low speed vibration issue. Hard to notice when you first get it. Also listen to your front wheel bearings, they are known for their short life. I've gone through a set every 45k miles or so.
What sounds would I be listening for to tell me the bearings are going bad?
 
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What sounds would I be listening for to tell me the bearings are going bad?
Growling, humming, scraping.....depending on how bad they are.
 
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Originally Posted by jkeaton View Post
Growling, humming, scraping.....depending on how bad they are.
Good to know...thanks.
 

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