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Old 10-24-2012, 11:15 AM
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So I recently got a commuter car and the Ram is now the true "baby"!!! I'll be doing some mods, nothing crazy huge... exhaust, level lift, tires, already have a CAI. Thats pretty much it (open for other suggestions on that stuff though), not wanting to spend a crazy amount of dough and really Im wanting to get some tune up items first cause what good is all those fancy mods wihtout a tight running truck right?

Let me know if im wasting time/money and should focus elsewhere. I have 140k miles, she runs great and little slow to turn over some mornings though (i have a new battery).

My list:
-Got NGK oem plugs, thinking ill pay cause (employee discount at dodge dealer) I dont know if or when they have ever been replaced and I dont want to break one or try and squeeze up under the break booster
-new serpentine belt
-fuel injector treatment
-also my camber keeps going out a week after every alignment, need to have that looked at before getting tires cause mine now are cupping on the inside

Dont know if these have ever been done... should I consider it:
--trans and or coolant flush??
-water pump?
-ball joints? and if so should I wait until I level/bilstien 5100's???
-anything esle?

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Old 10-24-2012, 11:28 AM
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Check the charge level on your battery because many of them don't come off the shelf with a full charge. Also check the terminals and cable connections, particularly the ground side. If you have a volt meter, do a voltage drop test.

Your tune up plan seems solid. I would make sure the throttle body is cleaned. A good alignment man should have no trouble fixing the tire wear issue.

Trans and coolant flushes are a good idea, and if you haven't done the driveline fluids, now is a good time. I wouldn't fool with the water pump or ball joints unless they're needed.
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Check the charge level on your battery because many of them don't come off the shelf with a full charge. Also check the terminals and cable connections, particularly the ground side. If you have a volt meter, do a voltage drop test.

Your tune up plan seems solid. I would make sure the throttle body is cleaned. A good alignment man should have no trouble fixing the tire wear issue.

Trans and coolant flushes are a good idea, and if you haven't done the driveline fluids, now is a good time. I wouldn't fool with the water pump or ball joints unless they're needed.
Thanks Ramtech. I dont have a voltmeter so I cant check the drop, I got the batt from walmart last winter, had a date sticker on it but Im sure thats no true indication of age.

I cleaned the throttle body maybe a year ago and wasnt too dirty or difficult so I can do that again, a little oil build up from the CAI (I think). Also changed the PCV valve and EGR valve then, was getting water under the oil cap.

Maybe the "good alignment man" is the problem as I keep going to the same Midas... not again.

Water pump and ball joints arent needed, I had a ball joint go out once on a S10 and wasnt fun so I was kind of thinking ahead. Same with a water pump, I always thought thats something you want to change before it gives you problems? Thanks again

What about plug wires and all that? Or are the plugs themselves good enough as long as there are no problems?
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Water pump replacement is generally recommended when done in conjunction with a timing belt where the belt drives the pump and it's otherwise inaccessible. This isnt the case with your truck, so no worries. If you can part with the money, I would recommend new wires but if not, it's no big deal at this time. When you have it aligned next time, ask for a print out of the before and after specs along with your receipt.
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Water pump replacement is generally recommended when done in conjunction with a timing belt where the belt drives the pump and it's otherwise inaccessible. This isnt the case with your truck, so no worries. If you can part with the money, I would recommend new wires but if not, it's no big deal at this time. When you have it aligned next time, ask for a print out of the before and after specs along with your receipt.
Good to know about the water pump and timing belt. I will deff get a print of the alignment specs, not that I know what Im looking at but I could post here for you to check out if nothing else. Thanks again
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I'd be happy to look at the specs if you'd like.
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A good alignment shop should do a complete inspection of all front end parts and will not do the alignment if any thing is worn. I had an alignment done at NTB and it seams like there basic came with 6 months they would realign any time in that time. You could get a longer time for a little more money.
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A good alignment shop should do a complete inspection of all front end parts and will not do the alignment if any thing is worn. I had an alignment done at NTB and it seams like there basic came with 6 months they would realign any time in that time. You could get a longer time for a little more money.
Thats good to know. My drivers side tire was cupping on the inside, got it moved to the back and front aligned. Back less than 6 months later with the front tire cupping again, re-aligned... the guy didnt seem too concerned I had only put about 2k miles since the last one. Now, 3k miles later I need ANOTHER aligment!!! Im done with them and wished i had pushed the issue harder... I am not an aggresive driver either.
I'll have the dealer do it along with my other tune up items, and make sure I stress to them that things really need to be looked over, and what happens if it goes out again sooner than it should.
Again, its the camber not the alignment (left to right). I know they are related but when most think alignment they think the car pulling. The steering is a little loose I think but its pretty straight.
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