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Old 07-15-2009, 11:16 PM
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Question Ram 360 running rough, surging, using oil

Hello, looking for advice on engine behavior. 1997 360 with 150,000 three months ago started using two quarts between changes (was 1/2 qt). It is not smoking or leaking any oil, coolant is clean and green. Check engine light came on, started running rough, loss of power, surging. Then is would run fine for several days and the warning light would go out. Then is would happen again and the cycle time between occurrences is becoming shorter. Took it to a Dodge dealer for diagnoses. They said the intake gasket is leaking and allowing it to suck in oil, probably damaged the oxygen sensor. And they want $1300 to fix it. Has anyone else had this issue, or believe what they are saying? If it is the intake gasket and ox sensor, I can replace them myself.
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Problem solved - Surprized no other readers have experienced this (and hope you don't) problem. The Dodge dealer and "Just Ask" Dodge mechanic say it is a common problem on the 360 V8 (5.9) with high milage or age. Took two of us 11 hours the teardown and replace the blown gasket on the underside of the intake. As it turned out, you do not need to remove the distributor and plug wires. Cleaning the old gasket off the aluminum parts takes some time. Still waiting to see if the Catolytic Converter and OX-sensors will
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Problem solved - Surprized no other readers have experienced this (and hope you don't) problem. The Dodge dealer and "Just Ask" Dodge mechanic say it is a common problem on the 360 V8 (5.9) with high milage or age. Took two of us 11 hours the teardown and replace the blown gasket on the underside of the intake. As it turned out, you do not need to remove the distributor and plug wires. Cleaning the old gasket off the aluminum parts takes some time. Still waiting to see if the Catolytic Converter and OX-sensors will
have to be replaced.
Right on the money . Needed to replace my cat . Clogged it up .
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way to go TEE BEE, my milage is'nt that hight yet got about 120k to go then before i need to worry

life is good wen probs are solved
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I had to replace my intake gasket on my 01 when it hit about 70k miles. I was told it was a common problem and when I traded it in it was using a lot of oil and making a pinging sound on accelleration (147k miles).

As soon as I read your thread title I knew it had to be the intake gasket.
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Problem solved - Surprized no other readers have experienced this (and hope you don't) problem. The Dodge dealer and "Just Ask" Dodge mechanic say it is a common problem on the 360 V8 (5.9) with high milage or age. Took two of us 11 hours the teardown and replace the blown gasket on the underside of the intake. As it turned out, you do not need to remove the distributor and plug wires. Cleaning the old gasket off the aluminum parts takes some time. Still waiting to see if the Catolytic Converter and OX-sensors will
have to be replaced.
i have ur truck and mine is doing the same thing how much did it cost to fix because im tired of buying oil
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