Dodge is a company best known for its pickup trucks. In 1984, it came out with the Dodge D150. The natural successor of the earlier and rather popular D100 model, the D150 ably carried on the Dodge legacy of reliability, dependability, and affordability. It was less streamlined than the 100 series and featured a "disconnected" but deeper cargo bed area. The addition of an 8-clyinder, 318 ci engine meant that the front part of the truck was significantly longer. You essentially retained the same cargo-carrying capacity, while getting a more powerful output from the engine.
The Dodge D150 faced stiff resistance in the market as it went up against many different models coming out from different manufacturers. It is an enduring testament that, among all these pickup trucks, it is the 150 that stood the test of timeup until Dodge reinvented and redesigned its pickups in 1994, the 150 was unchanged in appearance and specifications. A lot of owners of older vehicle models tend to be very hesitant to sustain and maintain them because they feel that, as the years go on, it would become harder and harder to find good-quality Dodge D150 parts.
The good news is that is certainly not the case. Call it healthy respect for an industry bigwig, call it well-deserved recognition for an icon, call it what you want, but you can still find a whole lot of really great parts and accessories for the Dodge D150 on the market. In fact, whatever replacement or upgrading job you might think offrom the engine block to the suspension and all the way back to the exhaust systemthere is a great-quality part available for purchase. So if you truly love your 150and who doesn'tthere's no need to fear having to retire it! You are in good hands.
A Little Pick-Me-Up for your Dodge D150
The Dodge D150 is tried and tested. It may be a little old, but it can rival newer pickup truck models when it comes to engine performance and durability. Your D150 has been at your service for years and of course, you would want to keep it that way. Here are simple maintenance tips that you can do to make your Dodge D150 last longer.
- Have your pickup truck tuned up regularly.
Of course, nothing beats following the regular tune up schedule of your Dodge D150. Because of your truck's age, its engine requires a little more attention than the newer models. Keeping your engine properly maintained is a fool-proof step in making your Dodge D150 last longer. The motor oil in the engine needs to be changed at the recommended replacement schedule stated in your owner's manual.
- Keep your engine cooling system working efficiently.
Your D150's engine has a higher risk of overheating because of its age, so make sure that its cooling system is always working perfectly. The coolant in the cooling system should always be at the right level. If it falls below the recommended level, refill it. Also, make sure that you have the right coolant mixture when replacing the coolant. The correct measurement is 50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water. Do a visual check on the radiator and the radiator hose. Make sure that they are not corroded and leaking. Make sure that the hoses are tightly connected and clean as well.
- Make sure your tires are up for the job.
Your Dodge D150 is pretty heavy and your tires are carrying all the weight. Naturally, the tires get worn out. What you can do is to prevent the tires from wearing out prematurely. This can be done by keeping your tires properly inflated. Check the air pressure on your tires weekly at the very least. Underinflated tires can also cause low fuel economy. Don't forget to also rotate your tires. The front and the back tires wear out at a different rate, but if you rotate the tires, you are keeping the tires from wearing out unevenly. Another thing is to have your tires balanced and aligned. This will also help in prolonging the life of your tires. Also, always check the tread depth in your tires. Make sure they're deep enough to prevent your car from slipping on the road.
- Keep your truck cargo area nice and clean.
The main reason why you own a Dodge D150 is because of its cargo area. More often than not, you use it to haul things, big and small. Because of that, the cargo area is prone to damage and scratches. And because it is exposed, it is also prone to corrosion. To prevent rust from damaging your cargo area, you should give it a thorough wash regularly especially after it rains or snows. For added protection, you can install accessories such as truck bed liners and tonneau covers.