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Dodge Ram 2500 Problems

Need to know the tow weight of a Dodge Ram 2500? Are you having fuel and air filter issues? Need exhaust help? Wonder where and how an owner/driver can get assistance with Dodge Ram 2500 problems? Given the situation there is no better source of assistance than to ask an Expert for solutions to problems.

Below are a few examples of how Experts have helped answer questions relating to the Dodge Ram 2500.

Where can information be found about exhaust brakes in a Dodge Ram 2500 owner’s manual?

Refer to page 54 of the owner’s manual which covers aspects of the diesel exhaust brake. When the switch is turned on at speeds in excess of 5 mph the exhaust brake automatically comes into play when pressure is taken off the accelerator pedal. The link below has further insight into diesel exhaust brake operation. http://www.justanswer.com/uploads/jss21382/2009-07-26_051241_pg54.jpg

What would cause a short grinding noise when turning in either direction with a Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab?

If it is a rotational sound it could be from the hub bearings. To check the bearings, jack the front of the truck up and wiggle each wheel back and forth, up and down and sideways. If there is any play the hub bearing is worn and needs to be replaced.

How can a bench test be done on the cam and crank sensors of a Dodge Ram 2500?

Neither of these sensors can be bench tested and they will have to be tested while on the vehicle. Here’s the procedure:

To test the cam sensor
• Unplug the sensor and check the black/light blue wire for ground
• Turn on the key and check that the other two wires have 5V
• Plug back the sensor and check if the violet/white wire still has 5V. If it doesn’t the sensor needs to be replaced.
• To check whether the sensor is working well, backprobe the tan/yellow wire with the voltmeter.
• Turn the engine using a ratchet on the crank damper bolt.
• As the engine is slowly turned the meter voltage should vary between 0 and 5V. If this does not happen then the sensor is faulty or the cam is not turning. If it does not reach 0 and 5 V the sensor needs to be replaced.

To test the crank sensor
• Unplug the sensor and check the black/light blue wire for ground
• Turn on the key and check that the other two wires have 5V
• Plug back the sensor and check if the voltage drops in the violet/white wire. If it does the sensor needs to be replaced.
• To check whether the sensor is working well, backprobe the gray/black wire with the voltmeter.
• Turn the engine using a ratchet on the crank damper bolt.
• As the engine is slowly turned the meter voltage should vary between 0 and 5V. If this does not happen then the sensor is faulty or the cam is not turning. If it does not reach 0 and 5 V the sensor needs to be replaced.

What is the maximum hitch weight a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel can tow using a 5th wheel hitch?

With a 5th wheel hitch the truck can pull any load the engine can handle, but that is not a safe way of looking at it. There is a difference between ‘pulling weight’, ‘load weight’ and ‘rated weight’ and much of it depends on the equipment. Brake size is highly significant because the driver should be in control at all times and be able to slow down and stop comfortably when the need arises. This vehicle should be able to pull 12,000 lbs comfortably provided axle and tongue weight are watched.

After a fuel filter replacement on a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummings diesel, how is the fuel system bled?

Once the filter has been changed turn the key, but do not start the truck, and allow the lift pump to work for between 30 and 45 seconds. Once the pump stops turn off the key and repeat the operation, again without starting the truck. This time when the key is turned again the truck should start without difficulty. If this operation is repeated two to three times all the air in the filter should be purged.

Very often what appears to be a serious problem on a Dodge Ram 2500 is in fact something relatively simple which can be self-repaired. The key is in knowing how to go about it. Here is where an Expert can provide invaluable assistance in identifying problems, finding solutions and advising on replacement of Dodge Ram 2500 parts.
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