FAQs—Dodge Ram 5500
How can I tell if the bushings of my Dodge Ram 5500 already need to be replaced replaced? What makes the bushings break?
Bushings reduce friction between metal parts and work as cushion to isolate vibrations. Over time, they may break due to prolonged compression. Because of extreme weather elements and exposure to chemicals like oil, they may deteriorate. Road conditions, driver habits, and driving situations have an effect on the condition and life of the bushings. The bushings are already worn out if excessive vibration and road noise can be noticed from the cabin. Other signs of bushing wear and breakage include creaks or banging from the fenders, loose steering, and rattling due to the impact on the road. The bushings should be checked regularly together with the shocks/struts, springs, and the rest of the suspension.
My Dodge's engine still gets hot even when it's already off. It puzzles me. Why is my engine behaving this way? What could be the problem here? I don't have problems with engine overheating as it seems to operate at a safe temperature. But when I turn off the engine, the temp gauge indicator would rise all of a sudden.
You may be dealing with a faulty temperature gauge or a broken sensor. Also check for a broken knock sensor or whatever may retard the ignition timing. Another possibility is a bad timing chain. This can result in heat soaking, power loss, and transmission shifting irregularities.
I've noticed a change in the ride quality of my Dodge Ram. It no longer runs as smoothly as it used. It also doesn't feel firm or sure-footed. Instead, it has become a bit wobbly. What could be the problem here?
Check the shocks and springs. These may need repair or replacement. Doing so will let you restore the optimum ride quality of the vehicle. This will also improve braking efficiency and vehicle handling. The shocks and springs may wear out after 60,000 miles, but this depends on the use. Also check other suspension components and related parts since poor ride quality and issues with drivability may also stem from these. If you'll be replacing the shocks and springs, order the whole set, both for the front and the rear. These will ensure better shock-absorbing quality and performance. They can also last longer this way as stress from the shocks can be distributed on all sides of the vehicle evenly.
How often should tires be rotated? What would be a good benchmark or interval?
Tire rotation is usually done every 5,000 miles or every 6 months. This depends on the recommended schedule by the manufacturer as well as on the condition of the tires. Some tires may wear out faster since they're driven on harsher road conditions. Driving for long hours can also put more stress to the tires. You also have to check tire wear. Uneven front to rear tread wear could mean that it's time to have the tires rotated. Rotate the tires according to the pattern and timing recommended by the manufacturer.