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Old 05-23-2010, 03:01 AM
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Hi ppl, I just purchased a 98 ram 1500 5.2L 2wd 5 speed manual transmission to tow my boat and sometimes my 99 honda accord. I've only towed my boat with it and feels the truck is very weak. I have a 21 ft outboard that weights approx 3000lbs or so. I was unable to bring it to stable speeds when I am in 5th gear towing or not towing. The pedal is all the way to the floor but truck does not speed up unless I am on a downhill. Is this normal? I once planned tp purchased a f-150 v6 to tow the boat but was afraid that it won't handle the weight even though the U-haul guy told me that the 150 can tow up to 5000lbs. I would thought a 5.2 v8 would tow it easily. I've only towed my boat once but I am afraid that I will mess up the engine or my gear box because I have to keep it in 4th gear all the time, I do not have an rpm gauge on the truck so I do not know what my revs are. All gears from 1 to 4 seems okay for me but feels lack of power but 5 is compeletly useless. I use to tow my boat with a nissan titan and tows easily. If anyone here owns a similar truck, please help me out. I do not live close to a dodge dealer and do not want to waste my money on the stealership to dignoise my truck. please help, thank you so much
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What gears are in the rear end? What kind of mileage is on the clock? When was the last time it had a tune up? Have you checked the belly pan gasket to see if it's blown out?
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all i have is a u-haul tow hitch....bed is always empty....mileage is 70k....i m not sure when the last tune up was done but believe all spark plugs and wires still in great condition...not sure wat a belly pan is but dont believe anything is blown or leaking
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Belly pan gaskets are extremely prone to blowing out and causing problems such as oil consumption, missing, lower fuel economy, loss of power and MIL illumination in some cases. Plugs should be changed every 30k in these trucks and even though the wires look good, they may still have higher than acceptable resistence. I notice you didn't mention the gear ratio. If you want to check it, look on the diff cover for a tag with a number like 3.5, 3.9, 4.1 or something like that.
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Why would you want to tow in overdrive? If you had an automatic I can guarantee that your truck would be constantly shifting in and out of overdrive causing excess wear. You stated that the boat was around 3000 lbs, this is a heavy load but by no means a really heavy load. Drive the truck in 1-4 gear when towing your load and should have no problem. Just my opinion.
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So yeah fellas i got the same problem. When i drive in 1-4 gears everything is good but as soon as i hit 5th my truck wont speed up UNLESS my truck is running cold(approx 160 or less). Seems like my engine has lost its power(torque) because as soon as start going up hill even at a pretty low angle, my truck will slow down even when i am hauling absolutely nothing.

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oh yeah and miles are 205K
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Randy, there are no leaks anywhere. I will check the spark plugs again but I think they are firing fine. I will check the gear ratio and see what it is. Is the gear ratio something I can change or it's just a number I can look at that tells me how weak my truck is? do you know where the differential cover is?
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rdsabin, I am just afraid to blow up my engine. I do not have tech meter on the truck and do not know what rpm I am on. I usually drive 75-80mph when towing my boat with Nissan Titan but I am just driving 60mph with the Ram. I just want to see if it's normal for something like that. I have a friend that tows his 2500lb boat with a v6 Tacoma easily. I am strugling to pull mine with a 5.2l v8.
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1996ram1500, mine is the same thing and I only have 70k miles on it. I purchased a manual transmission because I don't trust towing on a auto. I just hope I dont burn my engine or mess up my gear box. truck seems very weak for a v8
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