I noticed that the rear brake pads of my Dodge W350 wear out faster than it should. How can I extend their lifespan?
Changing the way you drive can extend the life of your Dodge W350's brake pads. First, try not to floor the brakes when you've been driving at a high speed. It would help if you coast down to a lower speed before you step on the brake. Also, use only your right foot to step on the brake pedal to avoid simultaneously pushing both pedals and unnecessary brake taps, which could damage the pads. You might want to buy revised factory brake pads or aftermarket pads to prevent premature wearing.
The automatic transmission of my Dodge W350 failed. How do I find out what caused this?
The most common cause of automatic transmission for the Dodge W350 is pinched or restricted transmission oil cooler. You will need to do a complete inspection and flushing of the transmission cooler and lines. However, if the cooler is working fine, then you must check for other possible causes. If your truck hesitates or refuses to change gear, then the clutch may need to be replaced. Another possible cause would be a faulty joint or differential, especially if you keep hearing a whining, clunking, or humming sound.
Oil is leaking from my Dodge W350. What should I do to fix it?
Before you do anything, check the oil level to confirm that it is indeed the oil that is leaking. If the level is low, refill it until it reaches its required level then inspect it every 30 minutes to see if there's a significant loss. If there is, then it is safe to confirm an oil leak. Next, look for the source of the leak. The most common sources for the Dodge W350 are the valve cover gaskets, timing cover gasket, intake manifold gasket, distributor O-ring, and rear main seal, so it's best if you check those areas first before you look elsewhere. Once you find the source, replace the damaged component as soon as you can.
My Dodge W350 has been having hard starts. What could be causing this?
This may be caused by a leaking fuel injector or injector O-ring. Aside from the hard start, you may also observe a rough idle, black exhaust smoke, and poor fuel mileage. To find the actual source, look into the throttle body. If you can see fuel dripping from around the injector, then the O-ring is faulty. However, if fuel is dripping from the injector nozzle, then the injector might be damaged. Replace the defective component and you should be good.
Nothing happens when I turn the key to start my Dodge W350. It doesn't start and I don't observe any spark. What's wrong with my truck?
Your Dodge W350's battery might be the problem. To check if it is fully charged, you need to test it using a voltmeter. Before you do that, make sure that the ignition key is off and that all the vehicle's lights are off. If the meter reads less than 10 volts, then the battery is low-charged and you need to replace it. If the battery is working fine or if you have replaced the battery and your truck still won't start, then you need to check the charging system.