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Dodge W150 Parts and Dodge W150 Accessories

Little Known Facts about the Dodge W150

  • The name Dodge W150 is also known as the Power Wagon 150, part of the four-wheel drive light truck series produced by Dodge from 1945 to 1980. The "W" stands for four-wheel drive, while "150" denotes that it is a half-ton truck. The name is part of the previous generation's model designations.

  • The gas mileage of a 1985 Dodge W150 does not greatly differ from its W100 counterpart. With its fuel-efficient engine size of 3.7 liters, it can save up to 13 mpg (18.1 liters/100km) using regular gasoline. However, its two-wheel drive counterpart, the Dodge Ram D150 Miser, is sold as a truck with a more decent gas mileage. This truck is equipped with a slant-six engine and with a four-speed manual gearbox.

  • The 1982 Dodge W150 is commonly raised or customized by its owners. It is also used as a utility vehicle, especially for hauling large cargo as well as for towing other vehicles. And because of its four-wheel drive capability, this Dodge truck can withstand all kinds of terrain-from wetlands to steep roads.

  • Due to energy crisis and economic issues in the United States, the sales of Dodge pickups-including the W150, among others-flopped during the 1980s. It was only in the 1990s when the brand was able to redeem its name with the major redesign of the Dodge Ram line.

  • A 1977 Dodge W150 hot rod made a cameo appearance in the music video of "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees. The song is the lead single of the American rock band's second album, "Picture Show," which was released in 2011. This single made it to the top six of the Billboard Hot 100.

  • The 2001 Dodge W150 pickup is a four-wheel drive available in special luxury trim (SLT) version that includes alloy wheels, cruise control, power mirrors and windows, and standard driver and passenger air bags. This specific trim is well known for its towing power and roomy interiors. It comes with an overdrive automatic transmission and an 8-cylinder 5.2-liter engine. It also has a four-door version called the SLT plus, which has additional features.

Dodge W150 Articles

  • Dodge W150 Common Problems 17 January 2013

    Designed to accomplish highly demanding tasks, the Dodge W150 is clothed with a large and robust exterior and a well-supported interior system. Although it is able to deliver well with its line-up of excellent Dodge W150 accessories, this off-road beast still has some areas for improvement. Of the reported problems owners experienced with Dodge W150 parts-or the vehicle itself-here are some of the most common troublemakers:


    Oil leaks

    Most Dodge W150 owners reported leaks from different parts of the automobile. Some originate from the intake manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, timing cover gasket, distributor o-ring and rear main seal area. Leaks from these areas are common, but oil drips can also come from the insides of the distributor. Oil inside this car part calls for immediate attention.


    Rear brake shoe wear

    This problem is common to units, which have 12-inch-diameter rear brakes. The size of the brakes for the back portion of the car usually results to early wearing off of the brake shoes.


    Transmission failure

    Occurring more frequently on Dodge W150s with automatic transmission, this problem has been identified to be due to lack of lubrication. A restricted transmission oil cooler also results in transmission failure.


    Fuel injector defect

    Dodge W150s also had problems with their fuel injectors, also known as O-rings. This is usually indicated by poor fuel mileage, difficult starting, unsmooth idle, and dark exhaust smoke. An inspection on the throttle body of the car, while the engine is idling, could help one check if fuel is dripping from the injector.


    Clutch assembly problem

    In 1987, there was a recall of Dodge W150 units because of a problem in the powertrain, particularly in the clutch assembly. The materials were made of plastic then, making them prone to damage after exposure to exhaust system heat and cold speed idle operation. Sold units were taken back due to possible fluid leakage from the defect.


    Park sprag malfunction

    The 1988 W150 models also stirred the car-owning public because of a malfunctioning park sprag rod assembly. This was found common in the automatic transmission versions of the units in the said production year. With this defect, the car could roll of, even if it is geared at a park position.