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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 - 5.7 Hemi Repair Advice


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Rom0no
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Oct 13, 2015, 8:24 AM

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My 2004 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi originally had two broken bolts on the exhaust manifold. A mechanic "friend" owes me quite a bit of money in unpaid back rent for the shop he leases from me and offered to do the repair for the money owed. It took him over a month to fix the original problem (the broken bolts) then he came back and said he "discovered" coolant in the oil pan and he needed to tear it down again to replace the head gasket. Another month went by for that repair. Now the truck won't idle and he diagnosed the problem as bad fuel injectors. Another month goes by. After installing new fuel injectors the truck still won't idle. After scratching his head for two weeks he decided it must be a stuck valve and he has to tear the engine down a third time. So, three and a half months have gone by and he still isn't any closer to finishing. I've spent about $1,700 in parts and he has accumulated another $3,000 in unpaid back rent since he started the job and he doesn't seem to be any closer to fixing a problem the truck didn't have until he "fixed" the original problem.

I guess I'm asking could a stuck valve be the issue? To me it seems like a vacuum problem such as a hose installed incorrectly or bad gasket is a more reasonable explanation. Also, he assures me that three, four or even five months is a reasonable amount of time to spend on an issue like this. Any advice is appreciated.


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 13, 2015, 8:58 AM

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Quote">>Also, he assures me that three, four or even five months is a reasonable amount of time to spend on an issue like this. Any advice is appreciated.<<"


What a mess! This is near impossible to put any credibility to mechanically. Friends, biz, the time extremes are plain messed up.


IDK - Doesn't seem it's going to be fixed by this person at all - right?
I think your option for fixing this is taking it some other place qualified and in biz ready to fix problems of the sort up to and including finding out what may have been really messed up tearing into it for a problem I'm not convinced it had??
Sure doesn't seem like there's a lot of motivation to hurry or fix this for you at all so probably cut loses and take it elsewhere and deal with $$ issues separately,


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kev2
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Oct 13, 2015, 9:26 AM

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I agree " so probably cut loses and take it elsewhere and deal with $$ issues separately"


PS run don't walk


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 13, 2015, 9:44 AM

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Where's DS with a graphic or animation for that? Oh boy! T


Discretesignals
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Oct 13, 2015, 4:57 PM

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


Hammer Time
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Oct 13, 2015, 4:58 PM

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I hear he does body work too....................






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Discretesignals
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Oct 13, 2015, 5:09 PM

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You think your helping someone out because they are back on their rent. Must have been unable to pay his rent for some reason. Maybe because he stinks as a mechanic? He didn't pay his rent and then he screwed up your truck. You got it put in real deep.

All I can say is lesson learned on this one.


Here is a video on removing those broken exhaust bolts...little too late now, but maybe good for someone out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDlk7B-PRAA





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 Oct 13, 2015, 5:13 PM)






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