Why is there a snapping noise coming from my Dodge D50's underside? And I've noticed bluish exhaust fumes from my Dodge D50. Should I be concerned?
A pinging or snapping noise from the vehicle's mid-section (after the engine is turned off) is most likely coming from the exhaust. The exhaust pipe extension and resonator assembly should be replaced to put a stop to the racket.
Now, when vehicles with 3.0 L engines (high engine vacuum) emit blue smoke, it's a sign of excessive oil consumption. Valve guides dropping out of position are likely the cause of this. Applying updated valve guides with a revised snap ring grove should take the color out of the exhaust.
My engine is making whining sounds. What is happening? Also, any explanation for my vehicle's rough idling?
Most 2.4 L 4-cylinder engines are prone to emitting this sound when the engine is cold and RPMs are between 18,000 and 20,000. The engine oil pump is responsible here. The pump generates the necessary pressure to circulate oil all the way through the engine. To address this issue, experts advise replacing the front case assembly together with both the drive and driven oil pump gears.
As for your vehicle's rough idling, you see, hard starting, long crank times, and rough idle can be expected, especially after the vehicle has been parked for a long period. Leaking fuel injectors would be the common cause of this issue.
I have cleaned the fuel lines, replaced the pickup filter, fuel filter, fuel pump, and most of the rubber fuel lines. I have fuel making it to the carburetor, but it still won't work.
It sounds like the carburetor needs to removed and rebuilt, and the clogged fuel jets need to be unclogged and cleaned. This type of work is kind of complicated, so you should leave it to someone with the right tools and proper experience.
My vehicle's brake and anti-lock warning lights remain on all the time. No rear brake lights. Fluid level and power assist hoses all check out. Where do I start?
It sounds like your proportional valve is bad or malfunctioning. If your rear brakes are not making contact, it's time to replace the proportional valve. This is the valve that limits the pressure to balance all four wheels for the ABS braking system. This is why you are seeing the warning lights on your dash. However, the code needs to be erased to check if it was repaired correctly. Have your local mechanic or dealer set it for you.
Is it true that the Dodge D50 has Japanese roots?
Technically, the Dodge D50 was born in Japan before coming to America. The Dodge Ram 50 was a compact pickup truck produced by Mitsubishi Motors and sold in North America by Chrysler from 1979 to 1993.
In 1987, Chrysler lunched the Ram 50's successor—the Dodge Dakota. Despite this, demand for the Ram 50 continued for another seven years, probably due to the fact that the Ram 50 was a compact and the Dakota was a mid-size.
The Mitsubishi-Built, Chrysler-Marketed Dodge D50
Right when Chrysler had already cut its ties with its small car design providers—SIMCA and Rootes group—the automaker realized that there was a kind of a gap in its pickup truck line. That gap was created when production of A-series pickup trucks and vans ended in 1970 and only B-series vans were manufactured as replacements.
Its desire to fill that void in its truck line up and its lack of experience in producing vehicles had led Chrysler to the doors of Mitsubishi Corporation, which was already importing small cars bearing its own nameplate. In short, Chrysler turned to Mitsubishi to provide them with a small pickup. And that’s when the Dodge D50 was born.
In essence, the D50 was manufactured by Mitsubishi and marketed by Chrysler under its Dodge marquee. The D-50 was marketed only for a couple of years, and then it was redesigned and sold as the Dodge Ram 50. While auto buyers know that it wasn’t a Chrysler-built model, this truck gained many followers and fared well in the market until its final years in the industry.
1979: launching of the Dodge D50
The first D50s were introduced in 1979, riding on a 109-inch wheelbase, which made them longer than the A-series trucks by one inch. They were outfitted with a 6.5 ft long bed and can transport up to 1,400 pounds of payload. This Dodge truck derived its power from Mitsubishi’s 2-liter and 2.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Base models came with a four-speed manual transmission while higher trim levels received five-speed manual; automatic was offered as an option on all trims.
It may seem unusual for trucks during that time, but the Dodge D50 was able to deliver a car-like ride—all thanks to its A-arm front suspension. It was also stable even under load due to its traditional leaf spring rear suspension. Standard features for the cabin were bucket seats and carpet.
For 1980 model year, the standard engine was the 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a four-speed manual transmission. The Sport model got the 2.6-liter power plant and five-speed manual. Both engines were carbureted using the MCA_JET system.
1987: redesigned D-50
The Dodge D50 was redesigned for the 1987 model year, but it was no longer sold as D-50. It was called Ram 50 instead. This new D50 derived its power from a carbureted 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that was able to crank out 92hp or a 2.6-liter with 109hp. A four-wheel-drive variant was available and the D50 was offered in various bed lengths as well as in double and extended cab options. Among the truck’s standard features were carpet, tinted glass, and an adjustable steering column.
Along the launching of the redesigned Ram 50, Chrysler also introduced its supposed-to-be-successor—the Dodge Dakota. But since the Dakota was a mid-size and the Ram 50 was a compact, the latter stayed in the market for another seven years.