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Old 12-29-2009, 11:02 AM
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I never understood why people refuse to leave the owners manuals in their vehicles.
I'm in the same boat - I just assumed it would be in the glove box but we know what happens when you assume... lesson learned I guess.

Basically all I would want - if you have it - would be a link to a downloadable .pdf of the owners manual for my truck. Don't necessarily need a hard copy but would like to have something on my PC to reference if you have one available. Thanks for the help!
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Unfortunately Chyrsler doesn't offer them in a pdf format. You may find one somewhere on the internet but I'm thinking your cheapest bet would be to check a salvage yard.
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Here's one on ebay and if you search ebay for "2000 dodge ram owners manual" there are like 12 different ones that pop up. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2000-...sQ5fLiterature
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yea I might see if I can go the salvage yard route if I can't find one posted online after a little more searching. Thanks again for the help guys
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warning for any manuals on disc. they are awesome..but they DO NOT work on windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) or windows vista 64 bit. just letting you know.
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warning for any manuals on disc. they are awesome..but they DO NOT work on windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) or windows vista 64 bit. just letting you know.
Thanks for the heads up!
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the jerking you feel is the front tires trying to turn at the same speed because of the axle being locked together when in 4x4 instead of one tires spinning alil faster than the other. its hard on the steering and suspension though so be careful.
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Hi Guys/Gals,

Have had my truck for about 3 weeks now and I love it. Roads and parking lots were a bit slippery yesterday so I just threw it in 4wd to get to the store and back. I took a tight turn into a parking spot and when I slowed down, the truck started jerking and lunging forward almost as if I was hitting the gas and then breaking real quick. I thought it might be a one time thing so I went another spot in the parking lot and when I turned the wheel hard it did the same thing. After taking it out of 4wd, it stopped. Any ideas what this could be?

I thought maybe it was the front tires slipping on ice and then catching on pavement but I was able to recreate the problem on dry ground too. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys!
heh, least he decribe it very well. Thats bad on the transfer case.

The reason it does that is the gear ratio in the front is different that what is in the rear.
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The reason it does that is the gear ratio in the front is different that what is in the rear.
Only if someone was asllep at the switch on the assembly line!

The gear ratios are the same that way all four wheels turn at the same speed. A 4x4 has two differentials, an AWD has three. Each axle has a diff, this allows one wheel to turn at a different speed to the other wheel on that axle. In the simplest form only one wheel is powered, the other wheel is along for the ride. Tends to be the wheel with less traction gets the power hence why a 5 litre Mustang just sits and spins and goes backwards down a snowy hill that he's trying to get up. So in the 4x4 Ram we split that power front and back through the transfer case that way we're powering one wheel in the front and one wheel in the back. In an AWD their transfer case is basically a differential cending power either to the back axle or front. AWD do use an certain amount of hocus pocus to devide the power otherwise you'd just have a higher, boxier Mustang spining one wheel either in the front or back. 4x4 guys can further power all their wheels at the same time by using locking differentials, so that both wheels on the same axle are locked together like the transfer case does for the front and back.

Now the reason for your symptons on tight turns is because all four wheels are following a different circle, therefore all 4 wheels need to turn at different speeds. Going forwards 4x4's are fine because all four wheels are travelling the same distance at the same speed, sloppy or dry it's fine just uses more gas because the engine is working harder to power the front diff. In tight turns, with two power wheel locked to gether something has to give. Sloppy conditions like snow or wet mud allow the front wheel to slip therfore letting it speed up to match the speed of the rear wheel. On dry pavement it doesn't slip (at least not easily) and that's what you're feeling, pushing the front tire to the point of maximum traction, letting it lose traction only to find traction again, then only to lose traction. Very hard on the tires, very hard on the drivetrain. So yes slip it back into rwd on tight turn on dry pavement.
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