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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2002, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about the 97 Ram 1500

Im looking at the truck above and have a few Qs.
First. What is the GVW of this truck. It is a V8 5.2 with the auto with over drive.4X4 with Tow package (what is included with this?),crew cab with 47K miles. Full power, tilt with CC and air. I will need it to pull my 4200 CJ with a trailer (1500lbs(?). The trans is a 3 speed auto. Does the OD make it an 4 speed auto?.(sure it does)
Any thing I should know about this truck before I throw $ down on it. What in general can you tell me about this truck
I want to know the good and bad
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Re: Questions about the 97 Ram 1500

I believe the gvw is 7700 for the 1500 and my 2500 is 8800. With towing the trannies get hot so maybe put in a large aux tranny cooler, the 3/4 tons come with one and if it has a snow plow prep package then it has it too with heavy duty springs and an overheating indictor light for the tranny. The inline check ball in the tranny cooler line next to the radiator can stick closed which means the tranny will overheat! Mine did! The tranny shop guy told me about it and I never did anything about it until it was too late, he fixed it by cutting it out and just using rubber hose. The only down side is the tranny fluid drains out of the lines into the tranny pan so theres a brief hesitation before it engages at initial start up...
I would say the od would make it a 4 speed, and be sure to always shut off the overdrive when towing unless going down hill...
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I looked in the engine compartment and I thought I sw lines running from the trans side of the rad, to a huge cooler infront of the rad. This is what your talking about I imagine. How do I tell if it has the plow package. Im assuming that it will pull the Cj with no problems.

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Re: Questions about the 97 Ram 1500

The best way is to get the vehicle id numbers (vin) and bring it to the dodge dealer and they can print up all options that truck came with and also all dodge serviced repairs that were done too for free.
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