I have a 1998 Ram 1500 with the 5.2L and automatic trans. I keep up on the maintenance very well and do not use the truck that much. With in the last 5 thousand miles I have replaced the starter, the Radiator, performed a full coolant flush, new thermostat, full tune up including plugs, wire, cap and rotor, drive belt, tensioner pulley and installed a Air Raid throttle body spacer and intake system. Brand new battery also. A few weeks ago I started getting a squeeling noise coming from what sounds like one of my pulleys. I could not figure out which one it is. Then over the last week or so the truck began starting hard as if the battery were low or something was binding. It seems to be worse if I am driving around for a bit and then shut off the truck and go to start it up after that. All of the work I have done has been over the last 2 years, like I said I do not drive the truck very much. I did not think it was the tensioner pulley, having less than 5k on it. I unhooked the possitive battery terminal to see if it may have been the Altinator and it kept running with no power loss. I thought it may be the AC unit, but it blows out ice cold air. The truck is not over heating the temp gauge reads right where it always has. I am at a loss and do not want to do any damage to the motor, it only has 82kmi on it. Any help would be great, thanks.
Monday, June 26th, 2006 AT 12:04 PM