Common problems with the Dodge Ram 1500 V6 engine include coolant leaks, overheating, broken exhaust manifold bolts and engine failure caused by oil sludge. Other problems include oil leaks, faulty cam shaft position sensors, defective fuel filters and cracked O rings.
Oil leakage is one of the most difficult problems common to the Dodge Ram 1500 V6 engine because it is often challenging to locate the source of the leak. One way to troubleshoot this problem is to drain the oil and replace it with fluorescent oil, which glows brightly when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Engine misfires and surges also occur in Dodge Ram 1500 V6 engines. Moving the spark plug and ignition wires often eliminates these problems.
Some Dodge Ram 1500 owners report problems shifting in and out of four-wheel drive. When the "Serv 4W Drive" dashboard light activates in combination with shifting problems, it often indicates a defective front axle disconnect actuator. Problems with the power module may also cause this type of shifting difficulty.
Other problems with the Dodge Ram 1500 extend beyond the engine. For example, the weather stripping around the doors is fragile and prone to tears. The door seals often rip away from their proper place. The power seating tracks frequently require adjustment or replacement, and they are especially prone to movement during rapid acceleration or braking.