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Old 03-25-2011, 08:50 PM
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Hey guys.

About to buy my first truck. It's a 1996 gas Dodge 2500 5.9L V8 engine with 130k miles. Guy selling it said he replaced a whole bunch of parts like shocks, water pump, belts and stuff and has receipts, but I haven't seen the truck yet.

Of course I'm going to crawl under it and try to look for oil leaks and stuff but I was wondering if any of you guys know about common problems with these years.

They prone gasket leaks? How long typical transmissions last on them?

Any info will be a big help.

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Ask about plenum leaks. I have the same engine in my 1500 and it's in need of a plenum repair. The problem is the plenum plate on these engines being too flexible. It can be prevented with a stronger plate from Hughes Engine, but these engines can be prone to this problem with the OEM plate.

Other than that, I'd check the oil and transmission fluid when you look at the truck and make sure they both look and smell normal.
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Have the guy lift the front end and see if the wheels got any play. It could be either bad ball joints or a bad wheels bearing which will run you $400 each.

As far as the plenum, they used a steel plate on an aluminum intake. Both metals have a different expansion rate when hot. Buy the updated intake gasket and plenum gasket from Mopar.

One to look for as well, check to see if the truck overheats. Last year when I bought my 96, it had the factory radiator. Didn't think anything of it but when the temps got warmer around here, the truck overheated.

Check the trackbar as well.
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Plenum gaskets and trackbar links seem to be the recurring issues I read about on this generation truck with the 5.9L gas engine.

Of course, look for any other wear and tear items common with high mileage trucks.
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I always look to see if it has a brake controller or holes under the dash where a brake controller was mounted. On an automatic transmission I stay away if it's higher mileage and has been used to tow a lot of heavy loads with.
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I agree with these guys Jersey Ram, Plenum gaskets are very common issues, and of course the 46RH/RE (a518) auto transmissions. My 2000 Ram only has 74k miles on it and it's already on it's 2nd tranny and it slips from time to time on the highway. Also hear it's hard to find a 2nd gen Ram without the cracked dash, however I must have the rare gem that doesn't have a blemish on it. : ) Good luck, hope it's a keeper!
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Have the guy lift the front end and see if the wheels got any play. It could be either bad ball joints or a bad wheels bearing which will run you $400 each.
OK, I'll bite; $400? For hub assemblies? On a 96 4x4? I think the last set I bought didn't cost me 275 for the pair. I'd imagine 2wd wouldn't cost any more than that...
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Sure you can go the cheap route and have the bearings fall apart within a year. Its what the guy told me about when he bought his cheap wheel bearing/hub assembly. Timken sells the whole assembly together but they are very good bearings. They make heavy duty bearing for on road trucks and for the railroads. Timken also has a good warranty to back it up. Of course, the 2wd hubs are much cheaper than a 4x4 hub.
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