FAQs—Dodge Ram 2500 Van
I found out that the sluggish performance of my Dodge Ram 2500 Van was caused by a dirty and clogged fuel injector. How often should the fuel system be cleaned to prevent problems like this?
It would be best if the vehicle's fuel system will be cleaned yearly. This will prevent problems with different fuel system parts such as the fuel injector. By having the fuel system checked and cleaned, symptoms can be spotted early on. This will allow you to diagnose potential problems and find good solutions before they require a more costly repair. The vehicle manual can be your best reference for fuel system maintenance.
What could be blamed for brake pulsation? Is this really a bad thing? Or is this not unusual at all?
When the ABS system of the vehicle is engaged when driving on a wet or slippery road, some pulsations can be felt. On a dry, regular road, however, brake pulsation is a bad thing. This may be caused by warped rotors. Check the brake rotors to see if there's any sign of warpage or damage. The uneven surface of the rotors can be repaired through resurfacing using a brake lathe. Just make sure that the rotors won't exceed the minimum thickness required. Otherwise, the best option would be replacement.
How can I find the best engine oil for my Dodge? What factors should I consider?
Don't feed your engine with just any type of motor oil. The oil should meet the vehicle's specifications and requirements. The vehicle owner's manual can be used as a guide for the type of oil the vehicle needs. When choosing oil, consider the type of vehicle you drive, the weather, road conditions, and engine specifications. For heavy-duty or high-performance vehicles, a synthetic blend or full synthetic oil can be the best option. This type of oil can also work great on vehicles that do some towing or are driven in extreme temperatures. High-mileage oil may be used for vehicles that have reached about or over 75,000 miles. This oil is designed to maintain the engine's good condition after many years of driving.
How often should motor oil be changed? Should it be every 3,000 miles? Is this really the standard?
Changing oil every 3,000 miles used to be the standard. While some still follow this routine maintenance schedule for conventional oil, the interval for changing oil may vary per vehicle. Newer vehicles, for instance, can handle longer mileage intervals. It also depends on the type of oil used. Semi-synthetic and fully synthetic oil have longer service intervals. Take note of the recommended service interval by the manufacturer. Check your motor oil regularly, so you can stop leaks, spot problems like sludge, and make sure that oil level isn't too low and that oil is still in good condition and quality. As you check and change oil, don't forget about the oil filter, which should be able to trap dirt and prevent contamination. If it's clogged or too dirty, then this should be replaced as well.