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Hi Everyone,
A few dumb questions for you tonight, I have a 2005 Ram 1500 RC/SB
5.7 Hemi 4X4 63,000 Miles

1) Its been a little chilly here in Chicago, when starting in the morning the
Oil pressure gauge sticks and sets the "Check gages" light. If I turn it off
and on again, all is well. From what Ive read on here, Its the oil pressure
sending unit. My question is where is it located on the engine, Is it an
easy change? and can I get a new one from Napa or do I have to go to
the stealership..?

2) I think my thermostat is stuck open, when I start in the morning, it takes
forever to warm up. I'm talking 15-20 mins if its just sitting. My question
is changing the thermostat as easy as it looks? Just the 2 bolts ? Do I
new a new gasket or is it the rubber kind like GM.? also, can I get away
with not draining the radiator..?

3) Im losing power steering fluid somewhere, I fill it up, after a month or
so, its starts squeaking bad when I turn the wheel. From what ive read
on here, the power steering hose was a possible recall.?? does anyone
know the recall or TSB ,or am I stuck paying for it..?

Thanks everyone !! Stay warm !!
 

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So I don't have a lot of info for ya, but I have an 05 Hemi w/ 63k on it also and have similar issues. As for the oil pressure light, mine only does it when it's really cold. It happened to me when I was hunting and it was like 10 degrees out. Doesn't do it when it's a balmy 40 degrees here in Washington. Everyone says it's just a "dummy gauge" anyways. If you're really concerned about it I'd buy an aftermarket oil pressure gauge. As for the power steering hose, I put a simple pipe clamp on it, tightened that bad boy down, and it's been good ever since. Sorry if I didn't answer your original question, just sharing what I did! Good luck.
 

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Your power steering is probably leaking around the boots and you need to put some hose clamps on the ends of them and that should work. The steering rack should be located right behind the front cross member under the motor.

The thermostat is a pretty easy job but can get messy. The new thermostat should come with a new rubber seal like the GM's. You can do it without draining the radiator but put a pan under the truck because it will get messy.

It wouldn't hurt to go to NAPA or some other auto store and see if they have the oil pressure sending unit but I've never checking or replaced so I really can't help ya out on this one.

Good luck.
 
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