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Old 01-19-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hemi Ram Maintanance- Play Off's

So today I decided to tackle some work on the trusty Hemi Ram....In My previous life I was an Auto Tech for GM and was reminded why I dont do that any more. For those of you who have a new genreation Ram truck you may already know that the spark plug interval is 30K miles....and there are 16 plugs. 2 for each cylinder. I had the dealer do the first tune up at 36K and at nearly $350.00....I wanted to save some coin. The Driver side is such as pain that its almost worth paying some one to do the work. She is ready for the summer Camping season!

Also changed the serpintine belt and oil and filter. Took pretty much the entire Denver/New England Game but was happy to see Denver pull it off.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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I wondered when plugs should be changed in the new engines.

When our 2006 Ram with a Hemi was in for servicing with 50,000 KMs (31,000 miles) the dealer said we should probably have the plugs changed. I told them to go ahead. I guess they pulled a couple plugs, said they were fine and never did change them. Truck ran fine till we sold it and not sure if the plugs were ever changed yet.

Our 2010 Ram also has a Hemi. It's just shy of 30,000 miles and so far this winter it has started in multiple days in a row of -35c weather and not being plugged in. One of these days I'd like to see what the plugs look like.

I remember on my older engines I'd be changing the plugs out at 12,000 miles or at least cleaning and regapping. However that was on not so fuel efficient engines.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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My understaning is that the plugs need to be changed at 30K due to the coils not likeing the longer lasting iridium and platinum plugs now common in most cars and trucks. They apparently are have to much resitance for the MDS to function properly. The stock plug is a NGK.

I was actually suprized by the wear some of the plugs had. They actually had some wash out of the electrode. Some were worse than others. They had 38K on them.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:58 PM   #4
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I had a 2007 1500 Ram with the Hemi before I traded for the Ford I have now. I always changed the plugs myself about every 35,000 to 40,000 miles. I thought that it was a fairly easy task. It was far better than some cars and trucks today. It was quite pricey though. Over $100 dollars each time.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:39 AM   #5
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where do you guys get your plugs? and which ones, NGK what?
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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NGK LZFR5C-11 per the owners manual. You can buy them from the dealer....at nearly 10.00 each or you can get them at Oriley or your independent parts house for around 5.00 a plug. No one had them and they will likely need to be special ordered. The dealer did my first plug change and they used this part number not the mopar Number...Unless the Mopar plus are actually re-Boxed NGK's.
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As a still working auto and equipment repair tech I take my 01' F150 to the dealer for tune ups and most work. I do the oil changes and serp belt but let the dealer do the rest.
My weekends are to short to do what I have been doing all week.
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Real trucks don't have spark plugs. LOL

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Real trucks don't have spark plugs. LOL

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Thats a very good point....one that I have often thought of!
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Thats why I went from the Ram 1500 to the F-350!!!
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