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Old 02-06-2011, 10:13 AM
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Hi Folks,
New guy here to the forum, I may have already answered my own question by searching through previous threads but here goes. I've owned my truck(first Dodge) now for 2+ years, had 87000 miles on it when I bought it, now its got 100700 miles on it and it does go through oil and has gotten worse, about a qt. every 700-1000 miles. I know it is not leaking, it also runs good, no misfire etc. Replaced plugs,wires,cap and rotor at 100000, Over all its a pretty decent truck although not nearly as tough in my opinion as the older chevys I've had.
I have also noticed that there is alot of vacuum in the valve covers!! If you remove the oil filler cap and put the palm of your hand over the hole with the motor running it will suck your hand tight to the valve cover, same thing with the pcv valve hole.
So to you mopar motorheads here's you chance to help out a old smallblock chevyman with this dilemma. What would you do??
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Pull the intake and replace the plenum pan gasket. It's a little time consuming if you don't have air tools but no more difficult than pulling the intake in a SBC. This is also a great time to replace the cap, rotor and wires since they're MUCH easier to get to with the intake off.
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With the engine off , remove your air cleaner top of your throttle body . Open up the throttle and look down into the intake manifold with a flashlight . Look at the floor of the intake and see if you can see oil present . If there is oil you will need to reseal the intake manifold completely . Heres a thread on the , How to do . http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=47741
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Thanks guys,
Kinda thought that would be the direction to go, guess I'll plan on a all day Saturday project sometime here in the near future and as Larry the cable Guy says "getter done"
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Hey doing my plenum gasket now, head over to APT to get the plenum plate for $84, then hit up rockauto.com for all your tuneup and gasket stuff. Doing mine today, if your like me and take your time doing stuff, plan 2 days and make sure you get all the parts. Also think about using a 180 degree thermostat you can get at rockauto.com for cheap and shipping is fast. Also search google, theres lots of performance mods you can do like deleting your TB Butterflys and cutting runners to gain power. I got all my parts for the plenum repair, a complete tune up, including all new wires, plugs, thermostat, cap, rotor, and all gaskets for $130 shipped at rockauto, and $96 shipped on the plenum plate from apt. Good luck. I will be posting a pictured tutorial next saturday for this install as I feel theres alot of information on the web, but I'm visual, so ill do a install with Icons for people confused or on the fence to as what is required.
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these dodge engines are just as easy to take apart as the chevy engines, i was pretty suprised, not much to it. but like ramtech said its time consuming, gotta do alot of scraping and cleaning to put the new stuff on. deffinately gonna wanna clean out the intake after all that oil has been goin through it. kinda turns brownish inside.
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What's the point in changing the plenum plate? Was your old one damaged?
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What's the point in changing the plenum plate? Was your old one damaged?
Oh sorry I forgot dodge had a common problem with plenum plates or maybe you did! Whats the point in doing the repair if its just gonna blow in another year Anyone that changes the plenum gasket knows its a good idea to change the bottom plate on the keg. Dont know if your just incorrect or you were simple poking fun that I said plenum plate. Eather way change the bottom plate on the keg when you change the gasket and save yourself time.
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I've heard of people replacing the plate with a much more rigid aluminum plate . They feel the stamped steel plate isn't strong enough . Not everyone does this though . Mine was just resealed with new hardware and seems to be just fine and it's been almost 100,000 miles .
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the last one i did i put a new gasket in with rtv on both sides, i think thats good enough insurance lol.
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