Originally Posted by dannkim
Well I got done doing the upper end of the motor and well........ come to find out it wasnt the head gasket at all. Come to find out the block has a crack in it of the drivers side main water port to the number one cylinder. Although i did get the smoking to stop and a much better throttle response with the new timing set, that doesnt make up for the poor manufacturing of the block! My block has never overheated once in ten years! Even after the radiator blew apart 6 years ago. I can now say i owned a dodge. It is sitting in front yard with a for sale sign on it. Im done dumping money into it. Thank you for help and support.
Sorry to hear about your Ram. Mine is also a 2002, 2WD, Black SLT QC, with 4.7L. I have 102,000 and so far the clutch pack clips and the ticking noise at the top of the engine when cold are the only issues I have.
At 102,000 now and I am hoping to get about another 80,000+ out of it. That may be optimistic but I've seen a few.
My question is this: If I do have the problem that you had, and everyone thought it was a blown gasket (or perhaps even a head), how could I determine if it is the block itself before I sink time/money into removing the heads, resurfacing, buy gaskets etc. etc. Is there some way to find out first if its the block?
Sorry again to hear about your Ram.