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98 Dodge 1500, 318 Problems


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Old 08-06-2016, 09:48:43 PM
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well we had the transmission rebuilt, it lasted less than 100 miles. I drove it back to the shop for repair and it was the exact same as before, no high gear or overdrive. Well turns out he had to completely rebuild the transmission again. Seems there is a valve in the hose up at the radiator that can get full of crud and block it.There fore the transmission overheats and tears up. That is what tore it up the first time. thank goodness it has a 12 month warranty on the job. I would a thunk he blowed the lines out before putting it back together. It tore up shafts, bearings solenoids, alot of stuff.!.
If this 5.2 wakes up to much Dad will be getting tickets! He drives like he is 18 lately.. Of course he used to drag race alot when he was a teen. beside his picture in his senior annual it says "4 wheels,no brakes, nothing can stop me".
I didn't believe it for years till his mother passed away and he was able to find the book and show me.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:01:40 PM
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The blocked check valve is a common problem on the Mopars. The returning fluid from the cooler lubes the overdrive. If it's blocked it's devastating, OD dies in a short time. We either replace the radiator or install an independent cooler. If the radiator is old it's a good investment.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:47:38 AM
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At 280,000K it needs a full blown rebuild. and it will be cheaper then doing it wrong 3X. You can replace the mains while crank is in block and still in vehicle. They make a little insert(or used too) that goes in the oil hole on the crank that catches the bearing and rolls it out then you can roll a new one in. Bob
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280k wow! I had a 2000 ram 1500 rod bearings were gone @ 120k it was a 318 as well, clean as a whistle inside too. I heard a small short rattle under hard acceleration, thats what got me to start looking. It still had good oil pressure, I pulled every rod cap on it and got to the last one and there was the culprit. It was the color of a new penny. I decided to pull the motor and have the crank machined due to scoring. When I tore it down much to my surprise the top half of every rod bearing was just like the bad one!

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One thing I would suggest if it hasn't been changed is the bypass hose coming from the water pump to the intake manifold. it's not to bad in the shop, but way more work than you want to do on the side of the road! BTDT!!
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I put a alternator on it 2 weeks ago. Still running good. transmission is holding up fine after it was repaired again.
The engine and such is holding up fine on the old truck,He drives it everyday.
He was fussing last weeek that now the releases for the seat backs are both broke, center console hinge broke 2 months ago. dash is starting to crack purty bad to.

I tell ye,if I ever need to buy a truck I will be in a bind as this newer stuff has To much plastic .
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As I said,to much plastic. The headlights were faded and Dad was having trouble seeing. So for less than 60 bucks,he got new assemblys with bulbs.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/370739671388...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Took not quite a hour to put them in. made a big difference.
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For that hour and 10 bucks, you could have polished them out.
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I tried that polishing bit on 1 head light of a Ford Focus I inherited from my mother. 1 light 1 new,the other old. I polished that light about every 3 weeks. Didn't last. can't remember the kit I bought but it was from a auto parts store.
Being you reminded me of it,I might polish these up and set them out on the table next yard sale in the spring. Might get a few bucks back toward the new 1's.
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don't waste your money on those polishing kits, wet/dry sand paper a buffer and two buffing compounds and you are good as new. Provided they are not hazed on the inside! I think I started wet sanding with 400 and quit sanding with 1000 or 1500 then on to buffing compound with the buffer. Got them so clear you could see the dust on the inside.
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don't waste your money on those polishing kits, wet/dry sand paper a buffer and two buffing compounds and you are good as new. Provided they are not hazed on the inside! I think I started wet sanding with 400 and quit sanding with 1000 or 1500 then on to buffing compound with the buffer. Got them so clear you could see the dust on the inside.
How long before they got cloudy again?
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Buffing is not the problem. The environment is what kills them. Some kits have some kind of witches toilet water to redo the coating. I wonder if a good uv car wax would work just as well?

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Spraying with clear paint buys some time.
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Just to update, new headlights are holding up great. Truck is just about on 300,000

I actually never bought a "kit" to do the headlight on that focus. I didn't like the car enough to blow that kind of money on it!
I have some stuff called "Timesaver" compound that is supposed to be used to help fit Babbitt bearings. I used some of it with car wax and the lens would clean right up for a while and go back to gungy.
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oh the joy! Ball JOINT time.
Found Moogs on ebay for 139 delivered. Gota rent the tool next week and put them in.
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The 139 1's were wrong,sent them back. 212 for the correct set,Advance wanted 375 for the same parts!
Rented a tool and had alot of trouble doing the job. turns out the dang tool was splayed out and wouldn't stay straight on the thing.
Finally got it. Local shop wanted 300 bucks labor. It took us several hours on the first 1. getting the tools,figuring out the spacer tube was to long and so on.The second 1 didn't take quite 2 hours.
The truck had been squeaking when going down the road. No wonder. The ball joints were either the factor 1's or had been put in before 90,000 miles and mopar parts were used. Those joints were SHOT.
We did the front brakes and packed bearings while we were in there. Should be good for a while now.
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my 98 dodge farm truck has the squeaks too. I've been putting off the ball joints for a while now but I think I'll tackle them this winter. My local front end shop wanted $500 parts and labor. it may be a cheaper route once my labor gets figured in
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There is another brand I see alot of that starts with a M and has blue colored boots on them that is about half the price of Moog and folks I talked to seem to think they were as good. As long as they have a grease fitting I would be happy. there are some much cheaper no name 1's on ebay but my dad being a mechanic his whole life wanted Moog or nothing, so at 83,you just get what it takes to make him happy.
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. there are some much cheaper no name 1's on ebay but my dad being a mechanic his whole life wanted Moog or nothing, so at 83,you just get what it takes to make him happy.
I do not blame him!
Imagine you unknowingly got some made in China and later on one separated at speed.
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According to my local NAPA more than half of the Moog stuff is now chin made. They delight in sending things back that isn't right.
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...front end shop wanted $500 parts and labor. it may be a cheaper route once my labor gets figured in
My advice, just pay to get it done.

As a point of reference, took my 2006 3/4 ton 4x4 to a local shop for ball joints. The man said bring it in (with the parts I supplied) at 8AM, we will probably be done by 2PM, labor is $150. Got there at 2, and they don't have one side done yet. Late the next evening, it was done. He still charged $150 labor and said it was the last Dodge he will ever do.
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