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Old 04-18-2017, 09:56 AM
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I haven't been on the boards in a while and Im having a couple issues that the dealer doesn't seem to be able to diagnose so I thought I would stop in and see if anyone else has similar issues.

The first issue is I have a smell coming from the engine bay that seems to be concentrated on the drivers side. It smells to me like it may be electrical. It gets stronger when the truck has been running a while. I can smell it just walking by the front of the truck after its hot. The dealer says it smells more like coolant (never smelled coolant like this, not sweet) but didn't find any leaks. They did a pressure test, no leak. Cant diagnose the issue.

The second problem started a few weeks ago and has gotten worse. When you start the truck there is a tapping noise that sounds like a lifter, injector or valve lash. The noise dissipates after the truck warms up but doesn't go away completely. The fact that it dies down after it warms up also leads me to think it could be an exhaust leak? Again the dealer cant diagnose.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same issues.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:58 PM
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The second problem started a few weeks ago and has gotten worse. When you start the truck there is a tapping noise that sounds like a lifter, injector or valve lash. The noise dissipates after the truck warms up but doesn't go away completely. The fact that it dies down after it warms up also leads me to think it could be an exhaust leak? Again the dealer cant diagnose.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same issues.

Thanks in advance.
I think you're on the right track with diagnosing the second issue. Most likely you have a broken or loose exhaust manifold bolt. Apparently this is a pretty common issue with the Hemi engine, although I thought (and was hoping) it had been addressed in the later model years such as a 2013. I'm experiencing this on our 09' Aspen with a Hemi. Same symptom, a ticking noise when starting up, but dissipates as the thing warms up. If you do a search on the "Hemi tick" you'll find quite a few threads. Really surprised this was never a recall item.

Hope you find your culprit with the first issue as well.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:06 PM
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If the dealership can't diagnose a broken manifold bolt, a common issue on the hemi, you need to find a new dealer.
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I remember back when I first got my 2013 and signed up onto here that a major issue was the coolant hoses when warmed up would smell. Only solution was to replace the poor quality stock hoses with a better quality one. I'm sure you'd find the old threads if you look hard enough.
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I remember back when I first got my 2013 and signed up onto here that a major issue was the coolant hoses when warmed up would smell. Only solution was to replace the poor quality stock hoses with a better quality one. I'm sure you'd find the old threads if you look hard enough.
I thought about that issue, but he would have noticed it since he bought the truck.
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There was either a recall, RRT, or TSB for the stinky hoses. There was a bad run from Ram's OEM with an unacceptable sulfur content IIRC
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I haven't been on the boards in a while and Im having a couple issues that the dealer doesn't seem to be able to diagnose so I thought I would stop in and see if anyone else has similar issues.

The first issue is I have a smell coming from the engine bay that seems to be concentrated on the drivers side. It smells to me like it may be electrical. It gets stronger when the truck has been running a while. I can smell it just walking by the front of the truck after its hot. The dealer says it smells more like coolant (never smelled coolant like this, not sweet) but didn't find any leaks. They did a pressure test, no leak. Cant diagnose the issue.

The second problem started a few weeks ago and has gotten worse. When you start the truck there is a tapping noise that sounds like a lifter, injector or valve lash. The noise dissipates after the truck warms up but doesn't go away completely. The fact that it dies down after it warms up also leads me to think it could be an exhaust leak? Again the dealer cant diagnose.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same issues.

Thanks in advance.
Hi Georshrwd,

As Thunderhorse noted, there is actually a STAR case that your dealership would be able to look up, S1407000004, for the coolant and radiator hose producing a foul smell. It does include replacing the hoses if that is deemed to be the issue. Please let us know if we can reach out to your dealership on your behalf.

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Hi Georshrwd,

As Thunderhorse noted, there is actually a STAR case that your dealership would be able to look up, S1407000004, for the coolant and radiator hose producing a foul smell. It does include replacing the hoses if that is deemed to be the issue. Please let us know if we can reach out to your dealership on your behalf.

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And as OP stated "The dealer says it smells more like coolant (never smelled coolant like this, not sweet) but didn't find any leaks. They did a pressure test, no leak. Cant diagnose the issue." and "Again the dealer cant diagnose." the Hemi tick. Maybe Ramcares should take the OP's dealer information and find out why a dealer either can't or won't address known issues with Hemi's. This is one reason dealers get a bad rep, because some of them really "don't care" about the customer after the sale, or are just so inept that it looks that way. My dealer is DeMontrond in Conroe, and their service/honesty is second to none.
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[QUOTE=catch 22;1928779]And as OP stated "The dealer says it smells more like coolant (never smelled coolant like this, not sweet) but didn't find any leaks. They did a pressure test, no leak. Cant diagnose the issue." and "Again the dealer cant diagnose." the Hemi tick. Maybe Ramcares should take the OP's dealer information and find out why a dealer either can't or won't address known issues with Hemi's. This is one reason dealers get a bad rep, because some of them really "don't care" about the customer after the sale, or are just so inept that it looks that way. My dealer is DeMontrond in Conroe, and their service/honesty is second to none.[/QU.


Over the years, seems ad if some former members get disgusted with there trucks and switch brands because of problems their dealers are inept. I wonder how often this happens. I am fortunate that dealer has a great service department.
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