DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > 2ND Generation Dodge Ram 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram Trucks > Electrical


Notices

Electrical 2nd Gen Dodge Ram Electrical Problems and Questions.


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
United Radio
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-14-2009, 01:27 AM
ReaRea ReaRea is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: TN
Age: 28
Posts: 6
Gender: Female
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge 1500
Trim Level: Sport 4x4
Color: Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
ReaRea is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to ReaRea Send a message via AIM to ReaRea Send a message via MSN to ReaRea Send a message via Yahoo to ReaRea
Default Lights & check engine

This is my first post. I have a 01 1500 5.2 magnum 4x4 sport that I've had for a little over 4 months. I've wanted this truck since I was in elementary school and took me 3 months to find one.

so...
1) is there a way to clean the inside of the headlights? my passenger side headlight was out when I bought it and come to find out water was getting in it some how, took it to the shop and they drilled weeping holes in the bottom so the water wouldn't collect in it but now the inside is dirty and makes the passenger side look dimmer than the drivers side.

2) my high beams light on the dash stays on, even when they're off. They replaced my bulbs when I took it to the shop and all the fuses are good but I plan on buying new ones just in case. Also the fog lights wont come on unless I just turn on the park lights.

3) Check engine light is always on. When I first got it I took it to a shop and they "fixed" it. then a few days later it came back on and the dealer said they would check and replace the O2 sensors cause it was coding high evap. They did that, a few days later it was back on, so after the 3rd time I went to my regular mechanic (not the one the dealer used) and they said it wasn't the O2 sensors but the fuel relay, either the hose or the filter, so they replaced those and also I found I needed a new water pump and thermostat. So those got done, then about a week later check engine was back on, took it in and they said it was a high evap again and they reset it. So now a few days later it's back on. Every time I take it in they ask if I leave the truck on when I get gas, which offends me a little cause altho I'm not an expert, I do do a little work on what I drive here and there and I know enough not to do that. Is there anything else that can cause it to constantly throw high evap codes?

As I said, I've wanted this truck for forever and I'm not wanting to just take it back of trade it in like everyone keeps telling me. Any advice is welcome.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the lengthy post
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 09-14-2009, 01:52 AM
CajunDodge's Avatar
CajunDodge CajunDodge is offline
Administrator




 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Morgan City, LA
Age: 38
Posts: 45,595
Gender: Female
Vehicle: 2008 Dodge RAM 1500
Trim Level: ST SWB Regular Cab
Color: Bright Silver Metallic
Engine: 2002-2008 226ci (3.7L) Magnum/PowerTech V6 215hp 235lb/ft
Rep Power: 36
Rep:4069
CajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond reputeCajunDodge has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hello and welcome to RamForumZ, ReaRea, glad you decided to join us, and congrats on getting the truck you have always wanted, very cool!

As far as cleaning the headlight lenses, I used good old fashioned toothpaste on my brother's lenses, (Jeep Grand Cherokee) and it worked like a charm (you'd be surprised what a little whitening can do, lol).

Have you had the wiring inspected (or done that yourself) just to verify that all the connections are properly done (and not a splice job)? There are wiring diagrams available that can help with this that are a little easier to read than what's in Chilton's, etc. I have just seen too many older Dodge's where the wiring is a rat's nest so to speak, and my '81 was definitely no exception!

The high evap leak, did they actually check the canister? Sometimes, even a loose or missing gas cap can also throw that code.

Anyways, glad to have you aboard, and there will be plenty of others who can weigh in on your issues, and probably assist better, those are just a couple things I would check were it me, but I hope you enjoy the board!
__________________
CajunDodge - 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 ST SWB, Bright Silver Metallic, Magnum V-6

New to RamForumZ? Introduce yourself in the NEWBIE CHECKIN!
Need help? PM me or leave a message on my PROFILE PAGE!
Enjoy RamForumZ? Support your forum and become a SITE SUPPORTER today!
Like a member's post? Let 'em know and add some REP POINTS!
Please be sure you understand the Ram ForumZ RULES!

Who Dat Nation Super Bowl XLIV Champions - Geaux Saints!!!

ASE certified Automotive Parts Specialist
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-14-2009, 08:51 PM
Toms Blue Ram 1500's Avatar
Toms Blue Ram 1500 Toms Blue Ram 1500 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Dundalk , Md .
Age: 50
Posts: 21,491
Gender: Male
Vehicle: '01 Ram 1500
Trim Level: Sport with Off-Road
Color: Intense Blue
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 19
Rep:1588
Toms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant future
Default

You can take the headlight housing off the truck and bake it in a oven (not sure right now of temp or length of time) . Then you can split the housing in half at the seam . You can do your thing with clean up , then reassemble with a good silicone sealer . Other option is to just buy new ones from the aftermarket . Bought new ones for my '01 from a body shop supply house . Definitely cheaper than the dealer . Let me know what you decide on doing and if you want I can track down the oven info for ya . As far as the high beam indicator staying on sounds to me like the high beams aren't turning off . Reason being if the high beams would turn off your road lamps would turn on . The road lamps will only turn on when the parking lights are on or when the low beams are on . It is designed to turn the road lamps off when you activate the high beams . See if you can get the trouble code and let me know . If it's what I'm thinking it could be something as simple as a bad gas cap . Talk to ya soon . Tom P.S. Don't forget to go to the newbie section and check in for your official welcoming .
__________________

Last edited by Toms Blue Ram 1500; 09-14-2009 at 09:01 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-14-2009, 09:35 PM
deanthecrabman's Avatar
deanthecrabman deanthecrabman is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: St Petersburg, FL
Posts: 948
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 Quad 4WD 5.9
Trim Level: Quad cab
Color: Garnet red
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 6
Rep:202
deanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura about
Default

My 01 Ram with 5.9 keeps popping a P0455- high evap vacuum leak. You can check the codes yourself by turning the key(not start) 3 times. Codes show up in the odometer window. First, I replace the gas cap, then I got under the truck and followed all the vacuum lines and replaced everything that looked suspect. The only things I haven't done yet are the filler hoses. I think these are the problems because the code stays cleared until the fuel drops to about 3/4 of a tank(there is a float that closes this off when you fill up, when the float drops, it can show a leak in these hoses). I could pay someone to smoke test it to find the leak, but for right now, I can buy alot of rubber for the cost of the test. Autozone or Advanced will scan and clear your codes also, so you don't lose your radio presets. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-14-2009, 09:50 PM
98sst's Avatar
98sst 98sst is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Rainy, Washington
Posts: 3,410
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1998 Dodge ram 1500
Trim Level: SS/T
Color: black w/ silver stripes
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 8
Rep:883
98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold
Default

Sorry to hear about these issues, hopefully nothing too major.

I have some input about the 2nd issue. I had some ridiculously stupid pure yellow headlights. My friend thought he had lights that would replace it and so we proceeded to replace them. Turns out he gave me 9007's instead of 9004's. When I tested them, the high beam light stayed on, eventhough I could turn them on and off.

In conclusion, while unlikely, you may have the wrong bulbs.

My foglights only come on when the park lights are on. When the highbeams come on, they go off, and when all lights are off, they are off. Must be how they set it up.
__________________

Alex, 1998 Ram 1500 SS/T. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-14-2009, 11:32 PM
Toms Blue Ram 1500's Avatar
Toms Blue Ram 1500 Toms Blue Ram 1500 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Dundalk , Md .
Age: 50
Posts: 21,491
Gender: Male
Vehicle: '01 Ram 1500
Trim Level: Sport with Off-Road
Color: Intense Blue
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 19
Rep:1588
Toms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant future
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by deanthecrabman View Post
My 01 Ram with 5.9 keeps popping a P0455- high evap vacuum leak. You can check the codes yourself by turning the key(not start) 3 times. Codes show up in the odometer window. First, I replace the gas cap, then I got under the truck and followed all the vacuum lines and replaced everything that looked suspect. The only things I haven't done yet are the filler hoses. I think these are the problems because the code stays cleared until the fuel drops to about 3/4 of a tank(there is a float that closes this off when you fill up, when the float drops, it can show a leak in these hoses). I could pay someone to smoke test it to find the leak, but for right now, I can buy alot of rubber for the cost of the test. Autozone or Advanced will scan and clear your codes also, so you don't lose your radio presets. Good luck.
There is a pump under the hood of our trucks that is there for pressurizing the fuel systems to verify that it holding pressure to keep from venting the vapors to the atmosphere . That pump may have went up . I haven't had the experience yet to diagnose one yet . But thats what I have been told . I got lucky , defective gas cap .
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-20-2009, 12:17 AM
ReaRea ReaRea is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: TN
Age: 28
Posts: 6
Gender: Female
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge 1500
Trim Level: Sport 4x4
Color: Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
ReaRea is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to ReaRea Send a message via AIM to ReaRea Send a message via MSN to ReaRea Send a message via Yahoo to ReaRea
Default

Checked the code by turning the key and looking at the odometer, and it was P0455. Went out and bought a new gas cap then went and had the code cleared. It's been about 4 days and the check engine light hasnt been back on yet, hopefully that was the problem. If it comes back on I'll run down the list of the other possible things.

Havent had a clear day and time to take the headlights out. So hopefully that's one problem solved. Hopefully there will be decent weather on my next day off so I can check them. When I do I'll post back on the verdict.

Thanks for all the replies
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-20-2009, 10:04 PM
deanthecrabman's Avatar
deanthecrabman deanthecrabman is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: St Petersburg, FL
Posts: 948
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 Quad 4WD 5.9
Trim Level: Quad cab
Color: Garnet red
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 6
Rep:202
deanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toms Blue Ram 1500 View Post
There is a pump under the hood of our trucks that is there for pressurizing the fuel systems to verify that it holding pressure to keep from venting the vapors to the atmosphere . That pump may have went up . I haven't had the experience yet to diagnose one yet . But thats what I have been told . I got lucky , defective gas cap .
I'm going to replace my filler hoses, due to the timing of the light coming on. I will get to the pump if that doesn't fix it. Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-08-2009, 11:38 PM
deanthecrabman's Avatar
deanthecrabman deanthecrabman is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: St Petersburg, FL
Posts: 948
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 Quad 4WD 5.9
Trim Level: Quad cab
Color: Garnet red
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 6
Rep:202
deanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura aboutdeanthecrabman has a spectacular aura about
Default

Just found the problem for my code, there are 3 ports on top of the vapor canister. One hose goes forward, second goes to the can next to the canister, the third is capped off. My cap dissappeared. Replaced the cap, refueled, cleared the code, haven't seen it back. Here is a post with a diagnostic procedure for a P0442 code, which is a small leak(instead of a large leak). Hope this helps.

http://www.gearchatter.com/viewpost12771.php
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-09-2009, 01:02 AM
erm
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ReaRea View Post
This is my first post. I have a 01 1500 5.2 magnum 4x4 sport that I've had for a little over 4 months. I've wanted this truck since I was in elementary school and took me 3 months to find one.

so...
1) is there a way to clean the inside of the headlights? my passenger side headlight was out when I bought it and come to find out water was getting in it some how, took it to the shop and they drilled weeping holes in the bottom so the water wouldn't collect in it but now the inside is dirty and makes the passenger side look dimmer than the drivers side.

It's not easy but you can clean the inside through the bulb connection. I'd use a little regular glass cleaner and plug the holes too.

2) my high beams light on the dash stays on, even when they're off. They replaced my bulbs when I took it to the shop and all the fuses are good but I plan on buying new ones just in case. Also the fog lights wont come on unless I just turn on the park lights.

Do the high beams work? It may be detecting an error due to a bad bulb connection or there is a dead short in the harness to that dash light. As far as the fogs not coming on unless the parking lights are on, that - I believe - is normal operation.

3) Check engine light is always on. When I first got it I took it to a shop and they "fixed" it. then a few days later it came back on and the dealer said they would check and replace the O2 sensors cause it was coding high evap. They did that, a few days later it was back on, so after the 3rd time I went to my regular mechanic (not the one the dealer used) and they said it wasn't the O2 sensors but the fuel relay, either the hose or the filter, so they replaced those and also I found I needed a new water pump and thermostat. So those got done, then about a week later check engine was back on, took it in and they said it was a high evap again and they reset it. So now a few days later it's back on. Every time I take it in they ask if I leave the truck on when I get gas, which offends me a little cause altho I'm not an expert, I do do a little work on what I drive here and there and I know enough not to do that. Is there anything else that can cause it to constantly throw high evap codes?

Believe it or not, a bad gas cap can cause that problem. The system needs to seal and if the cap is leaking air into the fuel system, you'll get that code. Some other simple but aggravating causes are an evap can leak, an evap can hose leak or a vacuum line leak.

As I said, I've wanted this truck for forever and I'm not wanting to just take it back of trade it in like everyone keeps telling me. Any advice is welcome.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the lengthy post
Hope this helps!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:27 AM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum