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Old 04-12-2012, 01:51 PM
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Allright.. I bought my Ram used from a private detective in Kentucky, he was the first owner and custom ordered the truck from the Michigan plant. I bought the truck when it had 137,000 miles on it, although it had a tranny overhaul near 100,000. The truck just rolled over 166,000 miles today on my way to class. I am now to the point financially where I would like to go through the engine and components top to bottom to check their condition and the overall engine performance. The engine feels sluggish at times although my first dodge was the SS/T edition 2/wd ram and much lighter so maybe it's just my mind. Although I do feel as if with some TLC and new parts this engine could run like new. I have done most of the normal tune-up components (plugs,wires,rotor,dist cap,fuel filter,air filter,new battery etc.) I am needing help to identify parts that could cause my lack of power,however slight it may be. Also, parts that could be wore out by now that should be replaced (with used cars i assume nothing has been changed on them, just hope it has until I see for myself haha)...In a nutshell Could I get a list or rundown of what parts i should check/replace to see their condition and how it may help my engine performance..Thankyou!
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Here are a few things to look at: With that many miles it's time to think about doing a valve job at least. And while you're at it you can replace the intake plenum gasket which is prone to leaking. Some people say that with high mileage engines it's probably better to do the rings/pistons as well if you are doing the heads. Water pump, timing gear/ chains, new hoses, belts yadda yadda.
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With only 166k miles, I highly doubt it needs a rebuild or anything to that level.

I'd look into a timing chain,water pump.. Is it using/burning oil? If so, it's most likely in the heads, which is somewhat easy to fix. Just have your heads rebuilt.

But for right now, have you ever removed your throttle body and cleaned it out? They get real gummed up and can hinder performance and it really only takes 30 minutes to do.

Also, take your air hat off and open the TB by hand and look down in there..if you see pooled oil, your plenum gasket is blown, which makes you lose power and mpg.
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Hey, you're in Huntsville? Are you a skinny black guy that used to hang around with Vibe customs? That truck looks familiar.. you may remember me, I had that yellow Dakota..
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Misfit. I am definitely not a skinny black guy haha, the opposite, fat white guy haha! There is another Ram that cruises around Huntsville that looks similar, I have had other people ask me if that was me in it. About the truck, it does not use any noticeable amount of oil in my opinion (between every 3K oil change i will maybe add a quarter of to half a quart to keep it exactly on full. Cleaning the throttle body sounds like a good Idea, I have also considered a blown plenum I just need to suck it up and get out there and investigate. Thanks!
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You probably saw me around town then, flame red regular cab Dakota R/T.

But yeah, I'd clean that TB good, and while your doing that all you gotta do is shine a light down in the intake, if ya see oil = blown plenum gasket.
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In the event of a blown plenum gasket..What would need to be replaced other than the obvious? Does your Dakota have pretty loud exhaust?
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Basically to do this job it's just pulling the intake off, and the belly pan is bolted onto the underside of the intake with about 20 little bolts. So you'd need intake gaskets and the plenum gasket..as far as other parts, while it's tore apart, I'd replace the bypass hose from the intake to water pump, while the accessory bracket is off, cause it has to be removed to replace it alone. Other than that, I'd look at all the hoses,vacuum lines, and while you're there, maybe the water pump could be replaced if its within budget.

And yeah, the R/T has a pretty good tone to it..I'd like it to be louder, but everyone i know says it's pretty loud as is.
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Oh I forgot, you'll also need a tube of RTV, and probably 2 cans of carb or brake clean, cause once everything is apart you're gonna wanna clean up everything as best as you can.
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That sounds reasonable. Most of these parts are not to expensive I just have an issue of getting everything put back together properly haha! I am very good at taking it apart though. Now that bypass hose, I'm not familiar with that part or it's function.
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