Dodge Ram Truck Service in Lansing, MI

Are you struggling to find Dodge Ram truck service in Lansing, MI? Look no further than Chuck's Garage Lansing. We specialize in Dodge Ram truck repair in Lansing, MI. We are proud to have the reputation as the leading light truck repair center in the Lansing area.

From the moment you bring your vehicle into our facility, we will be working hard to earn your trust. How do we plan to do so? We will communicate with you each step of the way. Our team will answer your questions honestly and thoroughly. If a repair is necessary for you and your family’s safety, we will tell you immediately. If a repair can wait, you will also know about it. We look out for the best interest of our customers.

Many of our technicians are dealership and factory trained, so they have the experience and education to service your Ram truck properly. Our team is also passionate about what they do. Their heart is in it. This devotion translates into honest, thorough, and efficient Dodge truck service.

If you are looking for honest and thorough Dodge Ram repair in Lansing, MI you have come to the right place.

Magnuson-Moss Act buyer beware

Having Chuck's Garage Lansing work on your vehicle in NO way limits or restricts your Dodge Ram warranty. All that is important is that you service your vehicle. By law, having your vehicle serviced by the Dodge dealer is not required.

Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975 - Federal Law Prohibits any auto dealer from implying or denying routine warranty service because scheduled routine maintenance was performed at an independent facility. Title 15 Chapter 50 sections 2301-2312 US Federal Code.

Dodge Ram Service Intervals

Below is a list of common Dodge Ram service procedures and service intervals. These service intervals are a rough guideline and you should always check your individual vehicle's service recommendations. In some cases the factory service interval has not proven to be best for long vehicle life. Please ask about why we recommend these Dodge Ram service intervals that are different from factory recommended service.

Severe Driving Conditions

Dodge Ram severe driving conditions includes any, or any combination, of the following. Most "in city" driving is considered a Severe Driving Condition:

  • Excessive idling.
  • Frequent short trips.
  • Frequent start-shutdown cycles in which the engine does not reach full operating temperature.
  • Driving off-road or in conditions that require the use of 4 wheel drive.
  • Driving in dusty environments.
  • Frequent towing or hauling.

Replace Engine Oil & Oil Filter

  • 3,000 miles/3 months under severe driving conditions*
  • 6,000 miles/6 months under normal driving conditions

Replace Fuel Filter

  • 6,000 miles/6 months under severe driving conditions*
  • 12,000 miles/12 months under normal driving conditions

Flush Engine Cooling System

Replace Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter

  • 30,000 miles

Adjust Automatic Transmission Bands

  • 24,000 miles/24 months

Replace Manual Transmission Fluid

  • 60,000 miles

Replace Transfer Case Fluid

  • 120,000 miles

Replace Front Differential Fluid (4x4)

  • 15,000 miles under severe driving conditions*
  • 30,000 miles under normal driving conditions

Replace Rear Differential Fluid

  • 15,000 miles under severe driving conditions*
  • 30,000 miles under normal driving conditions

Top Issues For Dodge Ram Trucks

Dodge Ram Transmission Hunts between First and Second gears

Problem: Transmission "hunts" between first and second gears. Often described as transmission surging or bucking.
Repair: Replace Pressure Solenoid in Transmission Valve Body.

Dodge Ram Power Seat Rocking Movement

Problem: Power Seat May Rock when the vehicle accelerates or slows down.
Repair: Power seat track replacement.

Dodge Ram Throttle Body Malfunction in Very Cold Temperature

Problem: Throttle body malfunction in very cold temperatures causing engine start problems.
Repair: Throttle body replacement.

Dodge Ram Drive belt squeal and fraying

Problem: New overrunning alternator pulley can help with drive belt squealing or fraying.
Repair: Alternator pulley replacement. Pulley alignment should also be inspected when the belt frays or squeals.

Dodge Ram Steering Wheel Play

Problem: Steering wheel feels as though the steering wheel has a small amount of in and out play.
Repair: Steering column bearing retainer replacement.

Dodge Ram Delayed Transmission Initial Gear Engagement

Problem: transmission delays initial gear engagement after being parked overnight or longer due to a plugged transmission cooler return filter.
Repair: transmission cooler return filter replacement.

Dodge Ram Check Engine Light Due to Failed Thermostat

Problem: Thermostat fails to close completely preventing engine from reaching normal operating temperature and Check Engine Light on problem.
Repair: thermostat replacement.

Dodge Ram Vibration in steering wheel

Problem: Vibration or shimmy felt in the steering wheel when driving over rough roads may be caused by a worn steering damper and tie rod ends. Also caused by incorrect tire pressure or incorrect wheel alignment.
Repair: steering damper replacement and tie rod end replacement, correct tire pressure, wheel alignment.

Dodge Ram Check Engine Light Due to Pinched Leak Detection Pump Vacuum Lines

Problem: Check Engine Light on indicating leak detection pump (LDP) failure. Cause is often pinched or leaking vacuum line to Leak Detection Pump.
Repair: Vacuum lines should be inspected, pump checked for contamination before leak detection pump replacement.

Dodge Ram Coolant Leaks

Problem: Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket.
Repair: complete cooling system inspection; thermostat housing gasket replacement, water pump replacement, heater return tube O-ring replacement, intake manifold gasket replacement, and timing cover gasket replacement.

Dodge Ram Software Updates Available for Check Engine Light Problems

Problem: Check Engine Light problem may be corrected by updating the software in the powertrain control module (PCM).
Repair: powertrain control module (PCM) software update flash.

Dodge Ram Musty Odor in AC System

Problem: musty odor from the HVAC system.
Repair: Apply cleaner disinfectant coating to the HVAC evaporator to inhibit bacterial growth, automotive AC service.

Dodge Ram Increased Oil Consumption Due to Intake Manifold Plenum Gasket Leak

Problem: 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 engine intake manifold gasket may leak and cause increased oil consumption and spark knock during acceleration.
Repair: intake manifold gasket replacement.

Dodge Ram Vehicle Drifts or Pulls to One Side When Brakes Applied

Problem: severe drift or pull to one side is possible when the brakes applied.
Repair: defective brake caliper replacement. Other common solutions are four wheel alignment, check torque on suspension components, suspension arm bushing replacement.

Dodge Ram Misfire Surge Problems

Problem: 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8 misfire, surge, spark knock problem at approximately 45 mph.
Repair: Rerouting Ignition Coil and Spark Plug Wires.

Dodge Ram Piston Carbon buildup causes engine noise

Problem: 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 piston carbon buildup is common. As the carbon buildup increases with mileage and time. Symptoms may vary from light ticking, to hammering, to knocking noises.
Repair: Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.

Dodge Ram Engine oil leaks at distributor

Problem: 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 engine oil leaks at the distributor can be misdiagnosed as oil leaks from the intake manifold seal, oil pan gasket, or rear crankshaft (rear main) seal. Oil will be found inside the distributor.
Repair: Distributor replacement with a revised distributor.

Dodge Ram Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets

Problem: Oil leaks from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area.
Repair: Valve cover gasket replacement, intake manifold gasket replacement, timing cover gasket replacement, distributor O-ring replacement, and rear main seal replacement. Using fluorescent engine oil dye can be helpful in determining the oil leak source.

Dodge Ram Engine Cranks But Does Not Start

Problem: engine cranks but does not start, or starts and stalls.
Repair: fuses should be inspected, especially the power door locks fuse. The power door lock fuse provides power to a module that sends the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the "OK to start" signal.

Dodge Ram HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating

Problem: The AC heater HVAC system may switch to the defrost mode when accelerating.
Repair: Inspect HVAC system for vacuum leaks. A revised vacuum check valve is available and can help in some cases.


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