Originally Posted By Klee: The 02 with the 360 is another one of those halfbreed combos dodge throws out there from time to time. I have gotten the old engine out and hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have mounts fabricated and the hemi setting in truck. It overheats, I blow a radiator hose, and warped a head. We dropped off the Hemi and a shortbed truck at So-Cal Speed Shop, and under the wrench of project leader Rick Pearmain, it became the tire-roasting monster the Dodge brand team had hoped for. Loved that truck and faithfully changed oil every 3k miles and always saw sludge build-up when I did. I now see the sludge on the oil cap again over 1 year later on new engine.
I was able to drive my truck for about a month when the problems started up again. You may be able to use the same if you find a pinout diagram from both engine control modules and make sure all the wires are in the proper location in the connector. I took it to have the spark plugs changed and on the drive home it started shaking. I just got back from my local Dodge dealership, Ken's Dodge in Lebanon Virginia. I did expect the mounts would be different so this is not a surprise.
Dodge should be ashamed to have produced such crap. If anyone hears of a class action law suite, please email me with the details at sreynolds88 comcast. Guess they knew there was a problem with the engine overheating, thus creating the oil sludge. They recommended Jasper Engines as a replacement. Dodge's Latest Hemi Truck Put a Hemi in it. All as if it isn't enough you have to do to fix it is remove the oil pan, and spray cleaner in the tube. But it might be strong enough for the larger Hemi.
I also realize that the computer and harness from the 360 would have to be swapped as well. It overheated and we took it to our local dodge dealer. This is the toughest truck I have ever owned. It just keeps selling crappy engines with sludge problems. I understand that they're broke but so are we for having to pay to have this truck fixed all the time.
And like the others, all my problems started happening just after 100K miles when my extended warranty runs out. If I have to replace the motor myself I will have a sticker made for my truck letting people know not to waste their money of a freakin' dodge!! We didn't replace the engine at that time because all the engines our mechanic could find had a many more miles on them than the original engine. Apparently they have corrected the design flaw in subsequent year models. Starts with drop in oil pressure, progresses to missfire in various cylinders, rocker arms thrown, ect. I took it to the mechanic it need new coil ignition packs so, we replaced those and started it up and guess what that light came on again. The engine blew up without warning due to engine sludge.
It requires red and they put green. No major repairs at all yet. It is skipping, sputtering and running really rough. What I thought is I would post my progress and problems I ran into in case anyone else doing this needs help or has any advice. I kept the engine and had it examined by local mechanics.
It started running hot so i had the thermostat replaced and it work all of 2 days never knew what was wrong because it never happened before and after about a week threw a rod. After the mechanic who I have known all my life fussed at me for not changing my oil which I do every 3000 miles. They said we needed a new thermostat. We replace plugs and plug wires and then fuel injector on number 2 only to find out, no compression in number 2. They called me as if nothing to tell me that I need a new engine. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact as we are always here to help you. Then I found out I need a new heater core and the idle has been fluctuating.
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