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MaxPower
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Mar 24, 2016, 8:04 AM

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - about 130000 miles

I put her in storage about 5 years ago and things came up. She ran great before but hasn't been started or moved in about 4 years. I know jack about working on cars but I want to get it running again. What would you recommend needs to be done and the type of money I'd have to put into it to get it running?


kev2
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Mar 24, 2016, 8:22 AM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

fuel - four year gas has got to go... In new fuel add 1 bottle seafoam or techron fuel detergent to clean things up.
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Oil - might want to change that also . Also add I bottle "risolone" an oil detergent to clean things up.
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battery - new would be the choice- clean cables neg and pos both ends.
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Spark plugs- you would remove old SO good time to replace with new - use correct brand-yes it matters

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Now getting it started... remove ALL spark plugs, disable fuel injectors, with a GOOD battery crank it a few times you want oil circulated, those long sitting components moving without a 'load' on them.
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then replace plugs, enable fuel and it should start - just let us know what issues you encounter...
Do you need tips on removing fuel, disabling injectors - just ask... ok?


(This post was edited by kev2 on Mar 24, 2016, 8:27 AM)


Discretesignals
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Mar 24, 2016, 4:37 PM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In


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I know jack about working on cars


You really should call around some shops in your area. Prices are going to vary on what will need to be done to get it running. It is going to need to be inspected by someone. There is more to getting a vehicle running and safe to drive besides putting fresh fuel in it.





Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Mar 24, 2016, 4:43 PM)


kev2
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Mar 25, 2016, 6:12 AM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

Inspections ? Not all are subject to those draconian money makers..... Yes I believe in routine checks but state emission or "safety" checks are not proving themselves.
I suggest Get it running and evaluate. This is a simple DIYer project right now.


MaxPower
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Mar 25, 2016, 6:29 AM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

Thanks for the advice. I may take you up on more tips in the future.

I want to get it either running or as best as I can and then bring it into a shop for inspections and what not. That's why I wanted opinions and ideas from folks who know what they're doing. I won't have a chance to work on in for a another month. It's stored in doors but not heated and it's still cold where I'm at.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 25, 2016, 6:40 AM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

I don't agree for once Kev2. Not a DIY thing for someone who stated he doesn't know "Jack" about cars.
DS can speak for himself but my view of the suggestion was to be inspected or done by a real tech no for a "State" inspection thing of which I agree with you - mostly pointless.
OP= MaxPower: Send this out for initial check and start up stating what you know of how long it's been 'stored' and how? Was that stored in a garage or just left outside sitting in the weather? It will totally matter on what it will take.
Do the tires have enough air to even tow it away? I don't know if you can tend to even that much unless you say.
A real tech knowing this sat would pay a lot of attention to the first minute of run time and prep for that as all oil has drained down and into oil pan. Let the tech decide that approach. Engine may not turn if moisture got to it and let the pro handle that.


State what you want when it's done such as you want it all checked out to be ready to use and depend on it again or what.


Even the tow out should be professional so let people that do their things do them,


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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 25, 2016, 6:50 AM

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Re: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - She's old Sign In

MaxPower: Your post posted before I saw it so another on that:


Don't just go try to crank this up now to move it at all. An engine can kill itself if it's not right and you do via jump starting or whatever you need to know more than I think you do which is fine - YOU are asking.


I'm done with work but this was my thing for myself and others WILDLY OLDER AND LONGER STORED ASSORTED WAYS THAN THIS!


It will be fine if you just let the folks who know what to check and do, do their thing at your request. People don't have to learn every trade or thing except to find out those who do which is the suggestion,


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