DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - General Discussion > Dodge Ram General Discussion
Register Advertising Gallery FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Dodge Ram General Discussion General Chat about the Ram. Please look for other categories to post specific questions in.

Latest Vendor News
Addictive Desert Designs!
Bayou Goat Mounts

Thread Tools
Old 12-28-2013, 07:08 PM
gte gte is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MD
Posts: 8
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Ram
Trim Level: 2500 Quad Cab Cummin
Color: Black
Engine: 1998-1998 359ci (5.9L) Cummins ISB 24-valve Diesel I6 235hp 420lb/ft (manual), 215hp 420lb/ft(auto)
Rep Power: 0
gte is on a distinguished road
Default Are these common problems for a 2nd gen?

I just got my Ram and got her inspected/tagged and drove her for the first time that way today.

Upon filling her up, I found out the gas neck is leaking and that should be an easy fix I hope. My wipers turn on when I set the stalk to left blinker on, my speedo wasn't working at first and then started working and continued to work. She also leaks a little oil, it looks like it might be from the rear main, but I noticed this tube at the front of the motor that just dumps to the ground and it might be from that? I'm not sure what it is, it reminds me of a PCV hose, but this is my first diesel and I don't even know if diesels have that?

I was also wondering what the common problems are for this body style?
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4x4 with a 5.9L 24v Cummins in it
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
Old 12-28-2013, 07:40 PM
the persuader's Avatar
the persuader the persuader is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: College Station, TX
Age: 23
Posts: 800
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Cummins 4x4
Trim Level: SLT Laramie
Color: Red
Engine: 2001-2003 359ci (5.9L HO) Cummins ISB 24-Valve Diesel I6 245hp 505lb/ft (6-Speed Manual)
Rep Power: 3
the persuader is a jewel in the roughthe persuader is a jewel in the roughthe persuader is a jewel in the roughthe persuader is a jewel in the rough

The tube you are talking about is the breather tube. It's normal to have some oil leaking from there. A lot of people re-route it further back on the truck.

Common problems with the 2nd gen trucks and 24v diesels include:
-stock lift pump going out and burning up your VP44 injection pump. You'll want to install an aftermarket lift pump like a Fass unit that keeps your pressure at 14+ psi at idle.
-53 block. Some of the 24v trucks hs cast in Brazil where the water jacket is thin and prone to crack. You'll see a 53 on the side of the block above the oil pan in 1" letters.
-Killer Dowel pin. Not as common on the 24v trucks, but has been known to happen. There is an alignment pin used when installing the timing case that likes to work its way out and crack the case. The fix is cheap.
-Front end parts such as ball joints, hubs, tie rod ends, etc wear out quickly.
-The 2nd gen Dodge dashes are junk. They are known to crack and disintegrate. Protect yours if it isn't already.
-The seat fabric likes to rip due to these trucks sitting up so high and passengers sliding out.
-Rust under the doors, fenders and cab corners is common if you live in an area where they salt the roads.

These are just some 2nd gen things. I hope I didn't scare you. I would get a fuel pressure gauge ASAP to make sure you don't kill your injection pump. They are cooled by fuel and if the fuel pressure is below 10 psi, they aren't getting cooled adequately.
2001 2500 QCLB Cummins NV5600 4x4 - Fass Titanium 150 - 4" Turbo back w/ 4" downpipe - front and rear replacements - American Racing 16x10 - 33" BFG A/T
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 10:23 PM
huntergreen huntergreen is online now
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: nj
Posts: 7,263
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2011 dodge sport 1500 hemi
Trim Level: sport
Color: green
Engine: 2009-2010 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 9
huntergreen is a splendid one to beholdhuntergreen is a splendid one to beholdhuntergreen is a splendid one to beholdhuntergreen is a splendid one to beholdhuntergreen is a splendid one to beholdhuntergreen is a splendid one to behold

pretty much covered it.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 10:39 PM
Lazarus Truck Lazarus Truck is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MI
Posts: 937
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Engine: 1994-1997 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 230hp
Rep Power: 2
Lazarus Truck has a spectacular aura aboutLazarus Truck has a spectacular aura about

Yeah, the filler necks rust out. Dorman makes a good replacement. Bought mine on Amazon for $40. I'm not a diesel guy, but alot of my friends at work have them. What they did is install a low fuel-pressure cut-off switch. If the lift-pump fails, the switch will cut-out, and save the much more expensive injector pump.
Also, the hub bearings are a shit design. Ford and Chevy use the same axles, but different hubs of their own design, and have nowhere near the failures that the Dodge hub bearing does.
The difference between genius and stupidity, is that genius has it's limits. A. Einstein
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:34 AM.

= Copyright a Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.