When the Dodge Ram 3500 van came out in 1995, few then knew what to make of it. Sure, Dodge was known for its trucksthe company made some really great pickup trucksbut vans seemed to be a different matter altogether. After all, the 3500 replaced the B350 which was a ton, by weight. That's not so bad, until you realized that all of that weight goes towards making the whole thing go much slower! At a more manageable half-a-ton, the 3500 was a more widely accepted van. In fact, the weight-to-power ratio of the whole thing was enough to give it a perfect balance of heft and speed.
The Dodge Ram 3500 van is so well-known and accepted that it was featured prominently in many Hollywood action moviesall tough and non-descript! All that aside, however, the amazing utility of the 3500 is nothing to scoff atmany global parcel delivery companies utilize this as their reliable workhorse. Though the last Dodge Ram 3500 van was released in 2003, its specifications are still very competitive with many of the newer vans out today. In fact, few other vans out now are capable of matching its reliability and durabilityit's simply that well-made.
Another thing that wowed potential buyers is the 3500's affordability. True, it accomplished this by offering a lot of conveniences as options instead of standards. But that, coupled with a lot of custom packages available with a number of different businesses and services in mind, gives you a van that is certain to keep running long after it stops being produced in the Dodge factories. Of course, while customization is all good, the fact remains that every vehicle will inevitably have parts that will wear out over time. Again, the Dodge Ram 3500 van proves its worth in the number of companies it has inspired to churn out some of the finest quality parts and accessories on the market today.
FAQs—Dodge Ram 3500 Van
Recently, I discovered that whenever my Dodge Ram 3500 Van accelerates, the HVAC air flow switches to defrost mode. I find it weird because it has never happened before. Is there something I need to check or replace in my HVAC system? What could be causing this problem?
Yes, there is something wrong with your HVAC system, and it has to be fixed immediately. What you can do at home is to locate your engine vacuum and inspect it for leaks. Your vehicle's owner's manual might come in handy for this. If the engine vacuum is leaking, you might hear a hissing sound. If you are positive that it is leaking, take your car to the repair shop so they can readily fix the leak. If neglected, a failed engine vacuum could lead to various problems like frequent stalling or misfiring. You might also want to check out for an available revised vacuum check valve to solve this issue.
A month ago, I changed the oil of my vehicle, as it was time for oil change based on my schedule. However, after a few weeks, I found out that there's a leak under my engine. I checked my oil consumption, and since then, it has doubled. I know there's something wrong with my van, but I just can't point it out. I'm not well-versed when it comes to fixing my vehicle, but this time, I want to be involved. What's up with my engine?
It's nice to know that you want to do things on your own. Doing your vehicle's diagnosis and repair will surely save you a lot of money. In addition, there are replacement parts that you can readily find and purchase online. Your problem is an alarming one, but what's causing it is pretty basic and easy to replace. The oil leak is due to a worn out intake manifold gasket. Over time, this gasket becomes damaged and worn out, probably due to corrosion or just old age. When this happens, all you need to do is replace the gasket with a new one, and voila! You will save a lot on your oil consumption.
Just last night, I was having a hard time turning down the blower of my Dodge Ram 3500 Van. The fan only works on high speed, and when I try to lower it down, it just won't work. Obviously, there's something wrong with my blower. What could it possibly be?
This is a common problem for this particular model. This happens when your blower motor resistor has failed. Although Chrysler has already released a revised part to address this problem, you can have it fixed on your own. This part is responsible for ensuring that the heater blower motor can operate at various speeds. When it fails, the fan would either be stuck at high speed or at low speed. This part is a bit tricky to locate and fix, so you should just bring it to the technician and ask them to fix it for you.