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Though mine went away on its own. Oh, wait, its winter and my windows are up all the time. Still making the squeal on start. Have not been able to investigate further. No new posts for a while so it seems like everyone has given up like me. Anybody make any discoveries?
I’ll try to keep my update brief since I don’t have much to add, just want to relay my results.
After three trips to the dealer with the “we couldn’t duplicate the noise”, I finally started the truck right in front of the service manager first thing in the morning. He declared that was “normal” and wouldn’t do any further investigation.
I then contacted a Ram service rep who promised me if a different dealership couldn’t fix the problem they would send a specialist to look at the truck. Another dealership and lost time at work they declared the truck was operating normal but did say they feel the noise is resonating through the exhaust. (No crap)
Back to the Ram rep and requested they send a specialist to look at the truck because I wouldn’t be satisfied until I knew what was causing the noise. Ram said they wouldn’t send anyone because the second dealership said the truck was operating normally. The second dealership started a 6.4 2500 that was sitting on their lot and it made the same racket on start up so that’s how they justified normal operation.
At this point I’m frustrated and extremely disappointed in Dodge and their customer service, poor service at the local level is just a given around here. I’ve driven Dodge trucks for almost 25 years and this is definitely my last. I’m glad the redesigned new model is ugly enough I won’t be tempted when I trade this thing in.
Sorry I couldn’t offer a better answer but looks like I’m not alone. I would be curious to know if any one has done exhaust work that eliminates the noise.
Take care, Tim
 

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Another quick update. Had my truck in to have the latest recalls performed so that I could start using my cruise control again and have some confidence that when I put my truck into park, it would not roll away. Dropped it off night before and told them about the noise and told them to listen for it on dead cold start up. Of course they said they didn't hear anything. So when I picked the truck up, I wait for service manager and brought him out to listen to the truck on start up because it was sitting for at least a few hours. He gave me the same BS story that that's just the way the 6.4's sound and that it was exhaust noise resonating down the pipe. He said he owns a 2014 with the 6.4 and it sounds the same. I countered with the fact that I know two other friends with 6.4's, one a 14 and one a 15, and theirs does not sound like this. He really had no other response than that's the way the 6.4's sound and there are no service bulletins nor technical bulletins out indicating the presence of such a problem. I have no idea how gas flow through a bunch of tubes can sound like metal on metal squealing....just have to continue to live with it until I can afford something else.
 

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Forgot to include - At least fall and winter are coming so the noise will go away again with the windows rolled up.
 

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Just sent a note to the editors at Truck Trend Magazine asking them to investigate the noise. Who knows, maybe if we start a letter writing campaign, they investigate and give Ram some bad press, Chrysler may actually look into this problem?



http://www.***************/contact-us/



select the editor as the recipient in the drop down box
 

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Hey guys, I just joined the forum. I've had four Rams, and this may be my last. In September I bought a 2500 Laramie with the 6.4 Hemi and I am experiencing the same squealing at startup, that gets louder in gear. It does quiet down some after a few minutes, but is still present. The dealer changed my belt and told me the noise was normal! This is BS. I am ready to trade this in after a month of ownership. I will send Truck Trend an email and also talk to Ram, but are there any other options/updates?
Thanks in advance! Dez
 

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Hey Dez,
Sorry to hear you’re having the same issue as many of us. I’ve gone as far as having a Ram service rep start a claim but in the end as soon as the dealer claims the truck is operating normally Ram says “sorry” and won’t investigate any further. BTW, I’ve had two dealers claim it was operating normal. I do believe it is an exhaust issue and as someone stated earlier, a pinch weld from the “y” pipe to the exhaust makes the most sense. This would explain why the noise quiets as the engine temp rises causing the pinch weld to tighten.
The frustrating thing is neither service department would verify this and Ram won’t admit to it. It seems like this would be a simple fix if it the problem and why would they let the problem continue for four model years? I’m just a poor blue collar dude so I guess I don’t understand the complexity of auto engineering or customer service. Like you I will trade when I feel I’m in a good position to do so, probably in another year when my drivetrain warranty runs out at 60,000 miles. I’ve had my truck 1 1/2 years and can say the noise hasn’t gotten worse or improved. Good luck and please post if you have any luck finding someone that gives a crap and will actually diagnose the problem.
Take care, Tim
 

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I have an update, although no solution. I took the truck to my dealer in town. They also said the chirping/squeal is normal and that it is the EGR. I asked if they could replace it and was told the new one would sound the same. We started two PW's on the lot with the 6.4 and both had the same sound. One even had the Hemi tick also (with a 52K price tag hanging from the rearview). Some lucky guy will buy that one I guess. I also didn't mention in my first post that before I bought this 2500, I looked at a white sport package at another dealer. When he remote started the truck it chirped the same way for about a minute. So I guess I'm stuck with the noise for now, until I get a little more equity to trade it in. I'll probably move to Ford. This is BS for such an expensive truck. You would think RAM would want to remedy this as potential customers hear a new truck with this squeal??!! I'm only 53, so I have a few more new trucks I will buy in my life....none will be RAM. Thanks RAM!
 

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Well, ive been reading all these post about the chirp/squeal at start up and getting louder in gear. Im sad to say it’s still happening. I have a 2018 2500 6.4 and its making this noise as well. 3300 miles . Fricking embarrassing. I swear i don’t remember this when test driving. Just 2 days after bringing home they picked ut up and did a recall on it. Welded a bolt underneath?. Wonder if that stared the noise ? One dealer says normal and now i have it to my local dealer with a star request to Engineering. Lets see where that lands. I would never call this normal. Normal means you definged it this way. Did you.? I dont think so. Going to a super duty ford if not resolved I cant live with this noise. But will not go quietly. Apparently Neither will my truck either
 

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Well, ive been reading all these post about the chirp/squeal at start up and getting louder in gear. Im sad to say it’s still happening. I have a 2018 2500 6.4 and its making this noise as well. 3300 miles . Fricking embarrassing. I swear i don’t remember this when test driving. Just 2 days after bringing home they picked ut up and did a recall on it. Welded a bolt underneath?. Wonder if that stared the noise ? One dealer says normal and now i have it to my local dealer with a star request to Engineering. Lets see where that lands. I would never call this normal. Normal means you definged it this way. Did you.? I dont think so. Going to a super duty ford if not resolved I cant live with this noise. But will not go quietly. Apparently Neither will my truck either
 

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Markr,
Just bought my 2019 a week ago, drove it home that after noon, had 8 miles on it, next morning started it up and bam!! All this squeaking and crap going on, I can’t deal with it, was you able to get it resolved? Any feed back would be great, thanks
 

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Dewayne. Unfortunately i haven’t resolved it yet. The dealer sent Engineering request to manufacture and they basically said unless you can pinpoint exactly then all other inspections and tests show truck and noise is normal. BS. No one dedigns a noise into a vehicle. Thats not normal. I have had another tech look at it and he feels its in the exhaust and it resonates making it difficult to pinpoint. I am going to put a new muffler on it soon and see if that will change the air flow and eliminate noise. Please keep me posted as to your efforts and i will do the same. Good luck
 

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Man...this thread has been going on for a while. It's a little scary. I have a 2018 2500 having the same problems. I bought 4 months ago with only 6500 miles on it. I noticed the squeaking noise about 2 weeks after I bought it. Really thought is was the belt. It squeaks for about 5 min or so. Once it's warmed up its gone. Just annoying. I left it at the dealer and got the "cannot duplicate" BS response I've seen in these posts. It does it 100% of the time after it sits overnight. They had the truck for 4 days, so plenty of mornings to duplicate. As of now they have not recognized the problem let alone resolve it. I have the truck back and every morning I record about 10 seconds of the squeaking and txt the service manager. My next oil change I will drop it off again and he should have hundreds of short videos and should be convinced that the noise is there. At least there is some pleasure in making the videos. Man, I hope someone solves this..it seems like a common problem and Dodge should come up with a solution.
 

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So I joined just to bring some further insanity to this thread.

Found a power wagon at Johnson Auto Plaza (Colorado) with an acceptable window sticker. Checked it out, but it was dark and I wanted to see the color in the sunlight. Asked the sales person to please wash it and I would be back Saturday to look at it during the day. (Max Steel doesn't look as good as Blue Streak, but its pretty darn good)

Seeing the discounts on it, I placed a deposit on it that night for them to hold it and came back Saturday morning. Got there and the truck hadn't been washed. I told the sales guy to wash it and bring it back around. He went to move it and as soon as the engine lit off it started this god awful squeaking screeching. Literally other people on the lot turned around as if to see what jalopy has pulled in to be traded only to be greeted with a brand new 2019 power wagon with all of 21 miles on it.

Sales person drove off power washed it, brought it back and it was still squeaking. Took it for a couple mile spin and it did stop squeaking for the most part. Was waiting on Ram to confirm one of my discount codes so I went home thinking maybe it just had a bad pulley bearing or something. Dealer claimed its totally normal. Boy did I find a world of indifference by FCA and a ridiculous issue that no one seem to want to own up to. Glad I didnt buy it on the spot that first night.

After reading all the threads across multiple forums, the common theme seems to be if the truck had it new it will always have it and only get worse. if it didn't have it new, its a bag of cats it may never develop, or it might start a week later.

Gee for a truck with a sticker of $67k it really should be turning heads for reasons other than sounding like it has a spun bearing with just 21 miles on it.

Think I'll ask for my deposit back and find another truck, probably from another brand. Just wanted to let you all know its still a thing in 2020.
 

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Man I joined hoping the cure will pop up. My 2018 6.4 has the squeak on cold start, disappears after a minute or two. Only 5000 miles. I love this truck even though I got the squeak. Has anyone had the squeak disappear after reaching certain mileage? I see most these trucks are brand new or close to brand new maybe the squeak stops after it gets broken in? Hope so.
 

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Sounds to me like a possible cam bushing failure but I'd have to hear the noise to recognize it. Had the Same problem with big cam cummins in 92 and it was usually center cam bushing.
 

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I just picked up a 2019 Power Wagon new, and it is making the same squeal. It is definitely coming from between the headers and the cats. I'm thinking it could be a gasket, or the connection between the two. I can say I JUST got a muffler shop to replace the hideous factory Y-pipe, and that did nothing. I also went to the dealer, like many others and guess what...they took me to one on the lot, and it did the same thing...I'm going to keep investigating. This is a huge annoyance.
 

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If it's actually an exhaust issue it would blow my mind. I've heard lots of exhaust issues and lots of engines in death throws. The sound I heard on all the ones I looked at was definitely metal on metal dragging contact squeal. Sounded exactly like a spun bearing.

I gave up on the 6.4.

I was very close to ordering a 2020 Super Duty with the new 7.3l gas. Engine sounds and runs awesome and no mds to fail down the road either. Really would miss the dial a gear shifter.

As I was getting pretty serious about it, I stumbled upon a holy Grail truck and had to have it. 1998.0 Ram 2500 Quad Cab 12 valve intense blue 4x4 5 speed manual with only 92k miles and dang near stock with no rust.

Needless to say, I snagged that immediately and don't have any desire for a 6.4 or 7.3 anymore.
 

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Here ya go guys. I about died laughing watching this knowing that FCA selected this vehicle for TFL's review.


Skip to about 2:13 ish. Andre will start the Hemi and take off. You can clearly hear it squealing as he takes off. I mean clear as day. That is not at all what a $70K dollar truck should sound like. For comparison right after the hemi takes off the 7.3 gozilla lights off and takes off. Sounds perfect.

That FCA would send out a 2500 that squeals like that is just utterly embarrasing.
 

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That's a nice Power Wagon at the 3:30 mark.

You want to go to about 5:10 to hear the Hemi start. Is that really the squeal people have been complaining about? It didn't really seem noticeable-I may be in the market for a 6.4L 2500 next year so I guess I'll go see in person
 
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