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2000 dodge ram 2500 4x4 advice wanted

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by redmax fan, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,182


    heavy duty towing package with biggest dana rear end


    90,000 miles

    always has ran conventional oil

    just bought it , was taken good care of and only used for personal transportation . and im wondering if anyone with experience with these trucks could pass on any tips

  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Got a 01 what do you want to know?
  3. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    Put aside some money for when the tranny fails.
  4. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 572

    Looks like it has the gas 5.9 engine, correct?
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    If it has the 5.9 360 gas better buy shares in your local gas station you will need them. Very piggy on fuel. The rear axle is a Dana 60 its not huge by any means.
  6. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,010

    Got a '99 3500 DRW Quad Cab with the Cummins. What do you want to know?
  7. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    have a 96 2500 cummins. Few things to watch out for

    Rusting fenders and bottom of doors

    Like stated keep an eye on transmission but the dodge transmissions are alot better than what you hear all the non dodge owners seem to hear one complaint and think they are horrible transmissions but in reality mine has 170,000mi on it behind the cummins and if it failed tomorrow it owes me nothing
  8. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,182

    yes its the 5.9 gas

    all stock / has the tranny cooler

    - wondering if anyones added a after market front end steering stabilizer as this truck tends to sway a bit

    - wondering if when you change your tranny fluid if you ever changed throttle control / out put sensors

    - read that adding a extra ground in a particularly coursed manner is said to help with the tranny problems . its coursed from a few different parts before you bolt it to frame , anyone did that

    - im always shutting off the over drive unless im on highway as to me the overdrives just going to make tranny go through extra movements which cant be good imo

    - i want to remove the air conditioning as i never use it and dont want the thing in the way of working on motor , anybody ever do that

    - sometimes the wipers stop in middle of window when i shut them off , is that wiper motor or switch on collum . just for anyones info = i called dodge dealership about a new wiper motor and the guy was shocked when he looked it up as it went from like 150 to 500 in one year . called 2 dealerships said same thing . called auto zone and can get one for 65 with life time guarantee
  9. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 572

    - Check the ball joints and steering components, loose or damaged parts in those areas can causes excessive wandering on the road.

    - Never heard of doing this, but that doesn't mean no one does it, I've never had anything but a 5.9 Cummins in a Dodge. I would say just drop the pan, replace the filter, and refill the transmission with the same amount of fluid that came out.

    - Not sure about this either, though adding a ground doesn't sound like it would improve the transmission at all.

    - Unless your towing, I would just let the transmission do it's thing. Letting it go into overdrive isn't going to be a problem when running around unloaded, or even lightly loaded.

    - I'd just leave the air conditioning in unless it really bothers you. It shouldn't get in your way with normal maintenance, and if you have to do any kind of serious repair work where the compressor and all would need to be removed than I wouldn't have bought the truck in the first place.

    - Sounds like there's a connection issue as it seems the motor isn't able to properly register when the switch gets turned off. I would look at the switch before I looked at the motor, though it's simple enough to just slow the wiper down, wait for it to get to the bottom of the windshield, and then turn it off. If the dealer wants $500 and Autozone wants $65, than someone is giving you a wrong parts listing. Two of the same parts aren't going to be priced that far apart.
  10. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,182

    THANX WH401

    im not real mechanical , but i was reading alot about the tranny issue on line at dodge forums and guys were talking about something electrical kicking things on and off in the tranny . maybe causing it to shift at wrong times , not sure . but i saw a couple guys into it talking about a grounding pattern that stops the electrical issues . i guess the output or control sensors are effected badly some how

    you see alot of guys say dont flush tranny fluid if its been in too long as the build up of grindings / sediments is kicked up by doing this and they end up clogging the filters or something in tranny , which causes over heating that toasts the torque converter

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