I have been browsing this forum since I bought my 09 SLT Crew Cab 5.7l 4x4 with 20k in early 2010(was pretty much a gift, got it for $18,500 from a family member). Always found answers to questions I had and several good tips on how to complete tasks. Being my first post I hope its ok if its a little long!
I recently paid the loan off, and just clocked 90,000 miles. I have been debating the past couple months on trading it in or fixing and upgrading the ol' dodge. I thought this would be the best place to get some advice.
To start with, I had new Michelin A/T2 tires installed yesterday because the tires I had were cupped out bad and had dangerously low tread depth. The old tires vibrated from 40-90 mph all the time, but it was much worse around 70-80. Taking sharper turns on the interstate made it even worse sometimes, other times it was smooth when turning. The new Michelin's ride better, until I get up around 70-80, then the vibration is almost as bad as before. I am almost positive its in the front, but what? What all should I start checking?
The ABS/ESP/SERV 4x4 lights come on for a while and then go often. Stopped by a local auto store and had codes read, don't remember number but it said left front speed sensor failure I believe.
There has been a exhaust manifold bolt broke for about a year now on passenger side. It broke off flush with the head. I tried to drill it and use an extractor, ended up breaking tip of extractor off in the bolt
I am assuming the dealer will say the head will have to be replaced, but not sure.
I still have the hvac and pinion nut recalls to get fixed. The spark plugs haven't been changed either.
Finally, there is a fairly major coolant leak somewhere. I cant tell where it is. the whole front of the motor stays a little wet, but the only drips that I see are coming from where the trans bolts to the motor. im thinking coolant is running back from around water pump, but im not sure.
does anyone know anything about these problems? If I thought I could get 150k+ miles without any major problems, I wouldn't consider trading. With the problems I have been having lately im not sure if it would make it that long. What should I do?