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How can I tell if the plenum gasket is leaking?

I am looking at a 2000 Ram on Monday. I have been reading about the plenum gasket being a possible problem. How can I tell if it is leaking on this truck? Any other things to check for while I am at it?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-03-2005, 05:26 PM
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well if it is a 1500 ram like mine I would see if they rebuilt the trans yet.The more I look around the internet the more I read about the trans problems with the 1500 rams.I have a 2000 QC ram 1500 and just sunk over 2k into the trans.I dont think I would get a 1500 again.Between the trans and plenium gasket ,the track bar problem I would stay away.The 2500 series are alot better from what I read!
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Does the 2500 have a different trans than the 1500?
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I am almost positive it does.My has the 47 re in it.Not to scare you and I like my truck but I think $2400 for a new trans after 55,000 miles is not right!The more I look around at chat boards the more I see I am not alone.Check out more sites ..Pavementsucks.com .The transmission guy told me they do about 1 Dodge every 5 or 6 weeks!He said he always tells everyone to get the extended warrenty.NJBIGGDOGG
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Man...I must be lucky. My 94 Ram Van has the 46RH (A518) w/ 115,000 and it's still going strong. Never been rebuilt.

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look down the t.b. see if you can see any oil. Good sign of a bad plenum.Plus the truck will ping. Replaced mine from hughes and it works great now,no ping.

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The 1500 and 2500 series use the same tranny. V10 uses 47RH. The way it works is;
4= 4 forward speeds
6= strength of tranny (1-9, higher #, stronger tranny)
R= Rear wheel drive
H= Hydraulic controlled, E= Electronic controlled shift
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From what I hear also, only the automatic is the bad trans in the Dodge. I hear little complaints about the manual trasmissions, even in the 1500. My auto trans on my '99 1500 went out at 40,000 miles. Glad I bought the extended warranty.
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Man you guys are scaring me now. I really want a Ram 4x4 but all the tranny issues are making me think twice. If the tranny in the 2000 shifts out okay, makes no strange sounds and the fluid is normal color for 57000 you think I am going to be okay with it or should I start looking for a Ferd? God I hate Ferds!
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When I bought mine, everything looked fine too. Fluid was new, shifted great, nothing seemed wrong either. Mine went out after hauling a heavy load up a really steep rocky trail. Had I not taken that camping trip, would my trans have been ok - probably, but did I think a little heavy hauling on steep terrain would cause a complete trans overhaul - no.

My advice to you would be this. If you plan to tow or haul heavy loads very often, or do off-road driving recreationally, you might consider something else (just to be on the safe side). If you only drive around on the street, and your biggest load is a few 2x4's from home depot, you would probably be ok, but I would still consider an extended warranty if it is offered. And, if you do get a Ram, be very diligent about your transmission maintenance (like fluid change, meaning full system flush, not just draining the pan, is recommneded every 24,000 miles).

I realize I will probably get slammed now by all the forum members who have put 150,000 on the same original transmission, while off-roading every day and hauling gigantic loads. That is fine, but the truth is, the auto trans on Dodge Rams is a known weekness, and I think you (Paul G) are smart to be cautious.
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One other side note Paul is that even with my transmission issues, I wouldn't trade my Ram for anything (except maybe another Ram). I really love my pickup, and with the exception of the trasmission, have not had any other major issues what so ever. In fact, I like it so much, I probably would have still bought it even if I had know about the transmission problems. It's a Silver '99 1500 5.2 4x4 extended cab.

So I guess your decision depends on how much you really like it too, and how much you really hate Ferds and Chevy's.
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I have a '98 4X4 QC with a 5.9 and auto. The truck came with the trailer tow package with a cooler between the AC cond and rad. I also added another cooler beside the AC cond because I don't think the factory one can be very effective with the AC on.And by all means get rid of that check ball Dodge put into the cooler line going into the rad cooler. I pull a 24 ft enclosed car trailer with my Challenger in it. I now have 141K miles and the only trans problem I have had was at around 120K. I developed a cooler line hose leak while I was about 1000 miles from home while pulling my trailer and Challenger. The only fluid I could get at gas stops was Dextron so I used it. That is a huge No No! I had no choice so I did it. I made it home but it took it's toll on the tranny. I have put just over 20K on it since the rebuild and it still shifts like a champ. Three years ago I pulled it to Conn and RI and on the way back we went all the way through Mich and into Wisc and back home to ND. I have pulled this car quite a few places in the country and Canada. This summer we are pulling it to the all Chrysler meet in Carlisle, Penn. I'm not at all afraid of the transmittion not being up to the task!

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