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Fixes for Dodge Ram 1500 2002 - 2008 (DR)

Vehicle:  All vehicles with 3.7L and 4.7L engines. (WJ) (KJ) (DR) (AN) Jeep Liberty, Grand Cherokee, etc.

Concern:  Engine is overheating after cooling system repairs. Engine is overheating after the radiator was drained/refilled for maintenance.

Cause:  The cooling system was not properly bled. There is an air pocket trapped, not allowing coolant to circulate.

Resolution:  Allow the engine to cool. Remove the bleeder screw. Look where the upper radiator hose attaches to the engine for the bleeder screw. It requires a 10mm hex (Allen) type tool. Sometimes the screw will be very tight. You will need to use a high quality tool and possibly considerable force to remove it. Remove the radiator cap and fill the cooling system until coolant comes out of the bleeder screw hole. Reinstall the bleeder screw. You must use thread sealant to prevent a leak. Put the radiator cap on and retest.

Details:  If the bleeder screw will not come out, remove the upper radiator hose at the engine just enough for coolant to come out while filling the system. This will work in a pinch.


Vehicle:  All vehicles. (JK)(ZJ)(CS)(JC)(TJ)(XJ)(PT)(KJ)(KK)(KA)(AN)(ND)(DR)(DS)(WJ)(WK)(XK)(LX)(LH)(FJ)(JR)(JS)(RT)(RS)(NS)

Concern:  The MIL (check engine light) is on. The scan tool reveals DTC P0601 PCM internal controller failure.

Cause:  The PCM (engine computer) has an internal fault.

Resolution:  Replace the PCM to correct.

Details:  This is an easy diagnosis. When P0601 is present, the solution is always to replace the PCM. There is no other possible cause. Normally the vehicle is still driveable.


Vehicle:  All Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. (JK)(ZJ)(CS)(JC)(TJ)(XJ)(PT)(KJ)(KK)(KA)(AN)(ND)(DR)(DS)(WJ)(WK)(XK)(LX)(LH)(FJ)(JR)(JS)(RT)(RS)(NS)

Concern:  Alternator failure. The alternator (generator) is not charging. Electrical problems.

Cause:  -

Resolution:  Hold on for a minute. Alternator failures are extremely rare on Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. You need to rule out the battery, wiring, and PCM first before replacing the alternator.

Details:  The alternator is controlled by the PCM (engine computer). Again, true alternator failure is very rare. In ten years as a dealer service dept tech, I have replaced maybe five alternators.


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