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Old 08-06-2010, 12:41 PM
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My son's 2006 RAM 1500 engine blew at 97,263km and fortunately it was covered under warranty. Now, 16,694 km later, it has blow again. We are being told there is no warranty. They are saying that it's because my son only did one oil change since the new motor was put in (the oild was changed 4 months before the second failure). It went 7400 miles since the oil change, and it blew. Are HEMI's so fragile that we should expect this? If so, we need to get OUT OF DODGE!!!!! Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:24 PM
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Wow, I've never heard of this. Hang in there though, there are other members on here that may be able to help. I see this is your first post, welcome to the forum!
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:31 PM
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I don't think it's Dodges engines that are the cause of the Hemi blowing. I certainly don't think it is bad luck either. Who performed the oil changes? How often was it checked? How aggressive is your son on his truck? Is he towing with it? etc etc etc There are guidelines in place that prevent engines from blowing. I would hang tight until our residential tech chimes in, but I get a feeling he is going to have some much needed valuable insight here.
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I agree with Paris . She has stated alot of good questions there . The first thing the dealer's gonna want to know is how it was maintained . If you can't come up with receipts showing them that it was maintenanced correctly , their gonna leave you holding the bag . Thats just not Dodge but all manufacturer out there will do the same thing . We have a gentleman on here that races his truck on a regular basis and it has about 180,000 miles on it . So as for why the motor failed we really don't have an answer for ya .
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:05 PM
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While the owner's manual says change the oil at 6000 miles, its always best to change it at 3000 or 3 months as has been the recommended procedure since I've been driving.

5w20 is the required oil.
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While the owner's manual says change the oil at 6000 miles, its always best to change it at 3000 or 3 months as has been the recommended procedure since I've been driving.

5w20 is the required oil.
thats what i do.

how did the oil look inside the motor after it blew? and what came apart or blew in the motor?
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7400 miles and you're blaming Dodge?
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I think we need to know more about what the failure was, a 'blown engine' leaves a lot open to interpretation. These are fairly solidly built engines, running a grade IV synthetic lets me run to 10K kms between changes, and I'm hard on the engine too. If he's running regular dino oil, then you NEED to do changes ontime/regularly. Also, did he have any leaks that would have contributed to loss of oil?
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ya i change mine every 3000 miles its better to be safe then sorry and i save all paper work so they cant screw with me .im thinking you went to long on oil changes plus you went 7400 and it had 16,694 im quessing that the oil has only been changed once since the new engine was put in and i was allways told when you have a new engine change the oil after the first 3000 just to clean it out
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7400 miles and you're blaming Dodge?
I had wondered that ^^^ because there are so many factors that all have to be present for an engine to blow, no? You don't just run to the local redneck Discount Dollar store and BOOM. It is constant source of neglect, be it oil issues or driver issues. Either way, I hope you get your answers SOMEWHERE or from SOMEONE. But it doesn't appear to be a mechanical or lubricant deprivation from the service dept that caused this issue. Best of luck and keep us posted as to your findings. Definitely curious to know the outcome.

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