Dodge Ram 2500 Parts And Dodge Ram 2500 Accessories
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Dodges That Can Save Your Dodge Ram 2500
The Dodge Ram 2500 is a full-size pickup truck with a burly, rugged look that resonated with America\'s truck-buying public. It doubled Ram sales immediately, repeating this feat in 1999. The Dodge Ram 2500\'s combination of brains and brawn made it a very capable heavy-duty pickup truck. However, transmission failures and cracked dashboards are a thorn in the side of Dodge Ram 2500 owners. Here are tips for transmission failures and cracked dashboards that every Dodge Ram 2500 owner should know:
Remember the golden rules.
The Dodge Ram 2500\'s transmission is often pushed to do far more than its specifications. This can take its toll on the transmission on the long run. If you drive a Dodge Ram 2500, don\'t exceed recommended towing capacity. Also, change the transmission fluid and the filter every 10,000 miles if your pickup truck carries heavy loads. Scrupulously changing the transmission fluid will save you money because transmission fluid is cheaper than transmission rebuild. Make sure too that the transmission fluid is at an acceptable level. Finally, adjust the front and rear bands every 24,000 miles. If your pickup truck does heavy towing, the front and rear bands need adjustment every 12,000 miles.
Round up the usual suspects.
A common problem on a Dodge diesel with a manual transmission is loose shifting mechanism inside the cabin. If you have this problem, remove the panel that shows the shifting pattern using a small screwdriver. Loosen the lug nut that holds the shifting knob in place and then screw the knob down tightly. Once the shifting knob is secure, return the shifting pattern to its place. If it will not sit flush, knock it into place with a rubber mallet.
Check that all bolts are securely in place and tighten them if needed. Do this if you hear rattling and feel a shuddering of your vehicle\'s body when shifting gears. If your car still shakes, the belts to and from the transmission could be loose and worn out. You need to change the belts according to the maintenance schedule in your owner\'s manual.
If you are having shifting problems such as surging or bucking, you may have to replace a pressure solenoid valve in the transmission valve body. Conversely, you could also fix these problems by adjusting the throttle valve cable. Also, check if the pitman arm is worn out and replace it if necessary. A worn pitman arm is one of the most common causes of sloppy steering.
Replace the dashboard and report it.
The cracks commonly seen in Dodge Ram 2500 dashboards is due to the cheap and defective plastic material or a flaw in the molding process . Nevertheless, a recall hasn\'t been issued for this issue so far. Replace your dashboard with aftermarket products such as a dashboard cover or dashtop overlay. It is also very important that you report this issue to Dodge and organizations or agencies that deal with automotive safety. There is strength in numbers and if many Dodge Ram 2500 owners report this problem, it may eventually merit a recall.