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Old 08-02-2012, 08:29 PM
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First Dodge Truck, 2001 Dodge Ram with a 318 and 355 rear end and 77,000 miles. Power seems kind of wimpy accelerating from dead stop and at most speeds. Was running a bit rough, so I changed out to new wires, cap, rotor plugs, etc.

Power not even close to my 1997 GMC 1500 with the 5.3 (?) liter or my Ford E350 with a 5.4 Triton V8 with 315,000 miles and a full Knapheid service body. Being my first Dodge truck these are the only comparisons I have, but I am a bit disappointed with the power. One mechanic I know and trust took it for a drive and said this is about average and as a trade off I will get better highway mileage. Recent highway trip (600 miles) got me about 14 mpg.

Am I missing something here. Air intake restricted? Catalytic converter plugged? Other suggestions to get more power out of this truck?
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:36 PM
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you could get an intake and a new cat to start but there known to be sluggish
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:29 AM
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Well judgeing by gas mileage the truck is running well . A cat will help if it was used for short trips previusly. But they only put out 220hp with 300 lb. Feet of torqe at 3000rpm. Trust me that's where the cam dies. Now they are not fast with 355 gears but will get good gas mileage and will tow 3000lb's and if you have a manual trans still get 14mpg. Not bad for a light duty truck.
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