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Improving stock sound in Durango

From : oerclockd proc

Q: c. e. white cewhite3@mindspring.com wrote tbone wrote if you have the diagnostic tool why dont you just flush the codes before going to inspection becasue the obdii inspection program is not that naive. the pcm requires that a driving cycle be completed before the vehicle is ready for inspection. so far we have not been able to flush the codes and have them stayed flush before all the readiness monitors have completed their cycles. i think it is the egr cycle that takes the longest and the pcm always sets the misfire code before that cycle is completed. my scan tool is clever enough to monitor the cycles but not so clever that it can fake them out. regards ed white i think the obd2 3.0 liter mitsubishis are susceptible to carbon caked intake valves causing missfire codes. it might be worthwhile to have the intake removed and the valves and runners walnut shell blasted like iirc was necessary on some of the european imports bmw a few years ago. .

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From : oerclockd proc

on mon 14 jul 2003 194332 -0500 mike simmons mikesim@fidnet.com wrote glad youre ok mike... any update on your son yeah mac i spoke to him yesterday and they did a nerve study at the naval hospital at camp lejeune. one nerve is dead and the other that was damaged is on partially conductive. the navy docs seem to think that the one that is partially conductive will eventually heal entirely and the one that is dead may come back to life eventually. if it doesnt the docs say that the dead nerve may regenerate via the nerve that is ok since the two are parallel and intertwined together. he still has no feeling in his right pinkie or ring finger. he still cannot grasp anything smaller than a tennis ball and they feel that another surgery to the tendons in another couple of months will fix that. the outlook for a 100 per cent recover is now dimmer but the docs still feel that he will have at least 85 percent use of the hand back when all the dust settles. they tell him that the nerves regenerate very slowly something on the order of 1/10th of an inch per month which could mean several years before he gets feeling back in the numb fingers. i had a similar injury many years ago to the legs. most of it came back but in some areas it was a numb for years. one nerve was blown out and the docs used a tendon as a substitute. im surprised they arent offering a disability although they may not until the end of treatment. then again things have changed in the past 30 years or so. one of my techs at work boogered up his hand many years ago and he said that it was thre years before he got full feeling back. anyway hes home and hes safe so the outcome could have been a lot worse. hes been taken off combat duty and now has an office job where hes in charge of battalion training. he was offered a job at camp pendleton as an lav instructor but i think he wants to stay in nc vs ca. thanks for your interest and if any new developments happen i will let you know. by the way his recommendation for a bronze star with combat v was approved at batallion and at the 2nd mardiv so now its in the hands of hq usmc. very nice. tell him congratulations. you gotta be proud as hell. tell him somthing else for me please. welcome home and thank you. roy mike well the score is now simmons 1 deer 0! on the way to the shop this am at about 520 a large doe decided to end it all. i was cooking along about 65 minding my own business btw when from out of nowhere she leapt into the path of my new ram. wham! i saw her cartwheel across the left lane and into the median and as i continued on looking in my rear view mirror she did about 20 revolutions before coming to a halt in the grass. i continued on for about two miles to the shop and pulled into the parking lot and inspected the ram. amidst a puddle of power steering fluid i saw the grille front fascia bumperleft front fender and headlight smashed. when i raised the hood i saw the remains of the condenser intercooler and trans cooler along with the bottom half of the ps pump that was missing. i havent got the estimate from our body shop yet but i reckon it will be at least $3-$4k to put the ol ram back into fighting condition. damned deer! ^ mike .

From : joe

i just bought a 98 dakota and when my neighbor saw ithe is also a dodge owner he said i hope you have a spare couple of grand because you are gonna have to replace that tranny. is there even a grain of truth to his assertion that all dodge trucks have substandard transmissions i looked the truck up on some kind of consumer reporting website before i bought it and they said that it was a pretty much trouble free truck. please tell me that my tranny isnt destined to fail! the only other dodge i have ever owned is a 84 ram charger and i loved that truck with that big ole 360 and extra large tires wish i still had it but the mileage sucked and i travel a lot for work. any input from this group of dodge lovers will be greatly appreciated! dale simpson i had a 92 dakota w/ 318 and auto tranny. when i sold it it had 167000 miles on it and only thing done to tranny was fluid/filter change every 30k. the big killer of auto trannys is towing in od. shut the od off whenever you tow and not a bad idea to shut it off in the mountains either. .

From : oerclockd proc

i know someone who knows one of the engineers at dodge. apparantly they dodge knows about the problems with their transmissions but its too expensive to vix it. basically what happens is there is not enough circulation in the transmission to cool the fluid down. i put an aux transmission coller on my 98 1500 5.2 and it still seems to get really warm. it even has the upgraded transmission the guy i bought it from put a new and supposadly better one in. when i was looking to put my trans cooler in i was told that a drunken monkey could do it and thats pretty much true.id highly recommend a trans temp sensor. i had my heart set on a chevy and thought i found a good deal with this dodge. im pretty sure dodge has lost me as a customer for life just have to find a diesel ford or chevy now... dale simpson daleandlaura@charter.net wrote i just bought a 98 dakota and when my neighbor saw ithe is also a dodge owner he said i hope you have a spare couple of grand because you are gonna have to replace that tranny. is there even a grain of truth to his assertion that all dodge trucks have substandard transmissions i looked the truck up on some kind of consumer reporting website before i bought it and they said that it was a pretty much trouble free truck. please tell me that my tranny isnt destined to fail! the only other dodge i have ever owned is a 84 ram charger and i loved that truck with that big ole 360 and extra large tires wish i still had it but the mileage sucked and i travel a lot for work. any input from this group of dodge lovers will be greatly appreciated! dale simpson .

From : miles

damn thats good. 6300 and 17.1. but i have a heavier foot. i run 70-75. maybe i need a tonneau cover is yours a reg. cab mine is and same as you -1500 4.7 auto and 2wd. jonathan kaplan wrote today i did it! 18.85 mpg. ram 1500 2wd with 4.7l 5 speed auto. 65 mph avg and tonneau cover. it almost made the epa rating of 19. the truck is a 2003 with 4700 miles. whats everyones record .

From : joe

oerclockd proc wrote thanks for the help! i think you have convinced me that an upgrade to the infinity is not worth the effort. i think ill shop around. any suggestions on stock sized speakers this is odd! when this topic has come up before most here have stated the same thing i found. the sound quality of the stock head unit is horrible. on my 1999 ram i swapped out the stock head unit with an alpine. even with the stock speakers the sound was very acceptable. no more massive distortion. on my 2001 ram with infinity speakers i again replaced the stock head unit and installed an alpine. again the sound was greatly improved to acceptable levels. i may change the speakers out someday but im happy with the current sound on both rams. the stock head unit was the culprit for the lousy sound. .

From : joe

this is probably a no-brainer for you but i have to ask - did they balance the new tires you didnt mention this so just asking -brian can anyone help i took my 01 ram 2 wheel drive to discount tire on saturday and had 4 new tires put on the truck. i left their lot and the truck pulls to the right. so back i went. they crossed the 2 front tires and it still pulled to the right. so im thinking alignment. although before i went to discount tire the truck was not pulling left or right. so i take the truck to a local dodge dealer. dealer says alignment is within specs. i then took it to an indepedent shop. i know the guy and trust him. he says the truck is within specs too. so back to discount tire i went. they put another 4 new tires on the truck. supposedly a better tire. damn truck still pulls to the right. so at this point im not sure what to do next. its not a severe pull but i know my truck and its not right. when i apply the brakes there is no difference in the pull. so i dont think its a stuck caliper. not sure about a wheel bearing but there isnt any noise. can anyone help me out on this one thanks. bob .

From : m

hey my craftsman has been running 12 years straight 12 months out of the year here in south florida on nothing but crappy dino oil. had to swap out the carb once and actually give it a tune-up new spark plug but the thing wont die. ive sharpened the blade so many times that theres almost nothing left on it. now in my mustang w/143k on the clock ive been using mobil-1 for years. finally going to start using it in the dak tomorrow as my free oil changes at the dealer are up. joe black 03 dakota 5.9 r/t cc calypso green 03 mustang 5.0 lx hatch with a few goodies jay smith jaysmith@insightbb.com wrote in one of the big problems with petroleum based engine oils is the hotter it gets the less able it is to prevent metal-to-metal contact its called thermal viscosity breakdown. however with royal purple synthetic oil the stability of the oil is far superior so when this motor gets hot you dont have that kind of problem. - hot rod tv you can go to www.royalpurple.com and see the video it is at the bottom of the homepage. i use royal purple in my 02 4.7l dakota in the engine and front and rear differential. also in my lawnmower and i wouldnt think of using any other oil. not to be arguementative but on one of the hot rod shows on tnn last weekend they dynoed a 2001 ss camaro at 290hp at the rear wheels. then they drained the rear axle fluid the transmission fluid it was a 6-speed manual and the engine oil and replaced all of these fluids with the appropriate royal purple synthetic fluid. the result was an 11hp gain at the rear wheels on the same dyno. so i guess it would depend on what synthetic oil you buy. some of my friends swear by synthetic. -- steve - 03 ram 1500 qc 4x4. ignoramus26572 ignoramus26572@nospam.26572.invalid wrote in thats the question... what do you think will my engine live longer or run better with synthetic i .

From : joe

i have a 2002 dodge dakota. i need to remove the portion of the dash that surrounds the raido/temp. controls and extends to the drivers side door. even after removing the screws it still wont come out. i dont want to just start pulling on it. are there any hidden screws that im missing or is there some trick to saking it out i also have a 02 dakota and had to remove the dash to install a set of flame gauges the 3 screws are all that need removed then the dash will pop loose with a little tug be sure to unhook your headlight switch also. hope this helps!! .

From : joe

i have an 03 ram 1500 quad cab. one of the reasons i jumped on this truck was the infinity stereo system - this one is a seven speaker system. it seems that i have one speaker in each door and three mounted on the horizontal portion of the dash one small one in center near the windshield. now thats interesting. sounds like a home theater setup with the center channel. actually mine is billed as a six-speaker system - two rears and a woofer and tweeter in each of the front doors. i was planning on going in to the dealer w/ a complaint about the speaker in the right front door. based on what i am reading here i should just go to the local infinity dealer and replace the speakers in each of the doors. if its under warranty just have them replace it. i am trying to understand the earlier statement concerning what each speaker does. based on a seven speaker system could you please advise me on what capability each door speaker should have for this truck. i had assumed that i had a little more ass in the amp section than the indash system guess i will have to go look at an amp. im going to guess that there is a full-range speaker in each rear door and the same setup as what i have in the front doors - a tweeter and woofer in each door. i dont have a clue what the 7th speaker does. only thing i can think of is that its a center channel thats somehow wired into the fronts or something. i doubt it has its own channel. i mainly listen to classical and jazz with a nice dose of old/new rock and roll. clear clean crisp audio is what i am after. any advise would be helpful. i will say that i do not want to remove the indash unit i like the idea of keeping the oem unit. oh what the heck does raz and hu stand for thanks marshall only because i dont think infinity would make different amps for different trucks you can check the specs on the audio system ill bet your infinity amp is the same as mine. certainly better than the stock hu but not as powerful as an aftermarket hu. certainly a lot less powerful than an aftermarket amp. mines in the passenger kick panel. im in the process of installing an aftermarket amp after the infinity amp using speaker-level inputs on the new amp; ill install new speakers when i get more $$. last but not least will be a subwoofer. btw hu is head unit and raz is the hu model. its an in-dash single cd/tape unit that has a plug-in for a cd changer. joe black 03 dakota 5.9 r/t cc calypso green 93 mustang 5.0 lx hatch with a few goodies .

From : joe

today i did it! 18.85 mpg. ram 1500 2wd with 4.7l 5 speed auto. 65 mph avg and tonneau cover. it almost made the epa rating of 19. the truck is a 2003 with 4700 miles. whats everyones record .

From : miles

i dont think the tire diameter has as much bearing on the tow capacity as the load rating on the tire. i suspect if you compare the max load rating on the 20 tire and compare it to the load rating on the 17 lt that tom alluded to in a previous post you will find the difference there. the 20s are show tires the 17 lts are work tires. chryco service manager member sae ive had a tape on the twenties just over 32 diameter dont know what the 17s are. if someone will post the exact sizes i can run the math on them and see how they come out. you do know the tires delivered on the twankies are lower profile than the 17s right i believe the total height is within an inch or so. js i have an 03 ram 1500 club cab w/ hemi 3.92 rearend limited slip-20 wheels. the brochure stated that it was rated for 8900 lbs. the web site limits it to 7750. my brother has a gmc 1500 with the 5.3 engine. he is good for 8100 lbs. i thought dodge was best in class....what is the deal here 20 inch wheels dood your 3.92 rear end is now a 289 rear end....you cant have looks and power. -- moparman----remove clothes to reply... scud coordinates latitude 32.61208 degrees north longitude 96.92995 degrees west depth 17.35 inches .

From : joe

thanks for looking. sorry to post here i hope i havent offended anyone. yes i know this is a truck group but i bet you guys know the most about tranny coolers. my van has the 3.8l engine but it did not come stock with the towing package. my understanding is that the towing package added an oil cooler and a tranny cooler. i intend to tow a small pop-up camper in october so im really not to worried about the engine oil but i do want to add a tranny cooler. a few questions . . . given the space constraints is it possible to add a cooler thats too big is there an optimum temperature for the fluid should i use the cooling loop in the radiator or should i skip it im thinking of not using it so that i dont dump any more heat load in the radiator. thanks for any and all help. keith vickers ****change z to r to reply via email***** .