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I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI. What are the known problems that I might get?
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The Hemi has been pretty solid, but for a few areas I'll touch on.
That's about it. With two spark plugs per cylinder and two coils firing each cylinder, it's difficult to produce a misfire event that would turn on your CHECK ENGINE lamp. It's an engine that has such tremendous redundancies and great engineering that I'm proud to say that it's a Dodge. If only everything could be so well-built...
Last word (in my opinion), the Hemi checks OK. Change your seven quarts of oil at the recommended intervals, drive for years to come.
So there is 16 spark plugs? I ask this question becasue you say there wont be a missfire but I have a problem where I start my vehicle and go into reverse and then into drive and it stalls. Why? Even sometimes I go into reverse and it wants to stall but I give it some gas and it is ok until i go into Drive. I am 50000KM I can only get rid of this problem if I use 94 Octane gas.I also hear that I will have a lot of transmission problems and rear differental problems. Mind you I have a 2005 the last model before the 2006/07 came out with a couple of callbacks.Please if you can help me.
I stand by my mechanical view of the Hemi. Very good engine, few failures of any kind.
That said, and new information provided, I can provide you with a little more information, but positive answers require personal intervention.
Software was an early issue with the Hemi, being our first domestically-produced unit with drive-by-wire circuitry. Most issues were resolved by the 2005 year. You may want to check with your friendy local Dodge dealer for availablility of updates.
Lift throttle stalling could come from three sources.
There are too many variables for me to give you a definitive answer at this point. Use this guide for reference when talking to the repair facility so they may get to the root cause of your problem more quickly. At this point, I can't identify a reason why using higher octane fuel would be an issue, but include that in your complaint to the dealer.
I wish you luck. Barring that, a good driveability guy. Ed.
No, actually I assumed your transmission was an automatic.
Most of these issues with automatics stalling engines happen after driving a bit. Coasting up to a stop. Accelerate, then lift throttle, within 5-10 mph, then coasting to a stop. It may take several attempts, but might prove to be your problem. The key is whether it feels like the engine is locked to the wheels and drags the RPM down.
I have to admit to not being a transmission guy. My day job is driveability (fuel/ignition/emissions/etc). I've directed a few problems such as this to the transmission department, where they were resolved. Ed.