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Old 09-26-2013, 10:29 AM
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that could be a cause as well...but clean the pcv while your in there
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I took the truck to the dealer. They told me the cam and lifters are probably the cause of my problem. Can someone explain to me why that would cause the problem on cold starts and then run great later?

$3800 is the estimate. How difficult is it to replace the cam and lifters if they are needed? Something I should tackle myself? I am pretty mechanical but don't have any special tools.
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Is your truck a 4x4? Standard or Auto trans?
I've recently discovered that a nice design feature of the Dodge trucks is that you can easily remove the radiator, the hood support crossbeam, trans cooling radiator, and there you are staring at the entire front of the engine & with your two feet planted on the ground! How can you beat that for easy access to a cam job? I removed the engine without even taking the hood off the truck. Love their design from that aspect. Course you wouldn't need to take the engine out for a cam job so all the better for you.
You'll rotate the engine to TDC compression on #1 then begin tearing down the accessories on the front of engine, pull the harmonic balancer and remove the timing cover plate. On a side note, my machinist gave me a tip for putting the harmonic balancer back. The bolt goes in deep enough that you can get a long bolt same threads and send it in, then once snug tighten the harmonic balancer into its position with a large washer and nut. Worked great for me but I had to weld together 2 bolts cause I couldn't find any in my area long enough as a one piece. Got my two bolts at Napa. Look for a download on the ram manual if you don't already have one. I got mine off the internet (free) and it's been a tremendous help.
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Is your truck a 4x4? Standard or Auto trans?
I've recently discovered that a nice design feature of the Dodge trucks is that you can easily remove the radiator, the hood support crossbeam, trans cooling radiator, and there you are staring at the entire front of the engine & with your two feet planted on the ground! How can you beat that for easy access to a cam job? I removed the engine without even taking the hood off the truck. Love their design from that aspect. Course you wouldn't need to take the engine out for a cam job so all the better for you.
You'll rotate the engine to TDC compression on #1 then begin tearing down the accessories on the front of engine, pull the harmonic balancer and remove the timing cover plate. On a side note, my machinist gave me a tip for putting the harmonic balancer back. The bolt goes in deep enough that you can get a long bolt same threads and send it in, then once snug tighten the harmonic balancer into its position with a large washer and nut. Worked great for me but I had to weld together 2 bolts cause I couldn't find any in my area long enough as a one piece. Got my two bolts at Napa. Look for a download on the ram manual if you don't already have one. I got mine off the internet (free) and it's been a tremendous help.
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For that kind of ching is it that bad a deal to let it warm up?
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I spoke with the tech. He explained that once the truck warms up, the computer takes over and probably just shuts cylinder #1 off. The fuel may still be sent into that cylinder and that is why the cylinder is so clean compared to the others. During warm up, the computer is in a different mode and therefor the truck runs like crap.


I have been reading up on parts and the process of replacing the lifters and cam. Doesn't seem to be to difficult of a job. Parts alone from the dealer are about $900 which is what I had originally budgeted for. So It looks like I'll be tackling this project after the new year when I have more time on my hands.

Any experience or help that you guys can kick down would be much appreciated.

Tech told me that the truck would only get worse and could cause other problems so I will need to take care of it before it does.
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