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Old 01-22-2012, 02:19 PM
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As far as the money goes for parts...... I'm at a grand so far!! thats just the heads gasket kit, head bolts, timing kit, timing gasket, lifters, and plugs. As far as labor.... I'm doing it myself!!!! Good luck and get ready to dump some money!!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:38 PM
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Thanks for the info, not what I want to hear but I asked .

Did you send the heads out to the machine shop or was there no warpage or damage to the heads. Since mine is just starting, hoping a good surface cleaning will do.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:10 PM
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I checked mine with a straight edge and flashlight. And i never over heated just pressurized the cooling system. I'm gonna take the chance without spending another $250 at napa.
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So back to my question.. Which way do the head gaskets go again? High side bevel up or down? I dont remember.
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Well I got done doing the upper end of the motor and well........ come to find out it wasnt the head gasket at all. Come to find out the block has a crack in it of the drivers side main water port to the number one cylinder. Although i did get the smoking to stop and a much better throttle response with the new timing set, that doesnt make up for the poor manufacturing of the block! My block has never overheated once in ten years! Even after the radiator blew apart 6 years ago. I can now say i owned a dodge. It is sitting in front yard with a for sale sign on it. Im done dumping money into it. Thank you for help and support.
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Soooo, what are you driving now? How much are you asking for it?
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:19 PM
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Well for those who might be interested in the truck (bigdaddyII) my email address is DTHUMPER55@hotmail.com. In the subject line put DEAD DODGE or it will get deleted. I live in florida, tampa bay area.Its a black quad cab short bed riding on 20's with less than 15,000 miles on the tires. Odometer say 185,390. After market headlights and tail lights. Rear end rebuilt, tranny serviced every 30,000 miles. Lots of new parts all over, inside and out. Asking $2,000 for it. I can part it out for more and we all know that. THX!

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Old 02-27-2012, 02:37 PM
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Sorry to hear this.

Going for another Ram or another make?
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Well I got done doing the upper end of the motor and well........ come to find out it wasnt the head gasket at all. Come to find out the block has a crack in it of the drivers side main water port to the number one cylinder. Although i did get the smoking to stop and a much better throttle response with the new timing set, that doesnt make up for the poor manufacturing of the block! My block has never overheated once in ten years! Even after the radiator blew apart 6 years ago. I can now say i owned a dodge. It is sitting in front yard with a for sale sign on it. Im done dumping money into it. Thank you for help and support.
Sorry to hear about your Ram. Mine is also a 2002, 2WD, Black SLT QC, with 4.7L. I have 102,000 and so far the clutch pack clips and the ticking noise at the top of the engine when cold are the only issues I have.

At 102,000 now and I am hoping to get about another 80,000+ out of it. That may be optimistic but I've seen a few.

My question is this: If I do have the problem that you had, and everyone thought it was a blown gasket (or perhaps even a head), how could I determine if it is the block itself before I sink time/money into removing the heads, resurfacing, buy gaskets etc. etc. Is there some way to find out first if its the block?

Sorry again to hear about your Ram.
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Well it had a nice long life.

I hope your next Dodge gives you a better and more enjoyable life!
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