The van remained mostly unchanged until it was discontinued after the 2003 model year, ending production that June. To avoid crashes in the first place, they went to bigger brakes, a better suspension, and stronger, stiffer body. Yup, with four wires, that's the automatic idle speed motor. As late as 2000, Dodge wrote: Conversion vans, available from Dodge dealers, offer a broad selection of entertainment and comfort features important to a family's travel and recreational needs. I went to pick up the pump and when I re-started the van it had an extremely high idle. The Dodge MaxiWagon was moved over as the Extended Body Voyager.
There's two plans of attack. For its entire production run, Chrysler produced the B-platform vans at the now-demolished plant in , Canada. Five new metallic colors and four straight shades joined five continuing colors. That tells the Engine Computer to add fuel to bring the mixture back to normal, but it adds fuel to all cylinders. The 1998s had a power boost for the 360 5. This was unique to the B vans, and this same extension was used until the B vans were discontinued in 2003. Two new engines were optional on B200 and B300: the , the first B-van engines bigger than the 318.
Makes a kind of buzzing noise when the ignition is turned on and goes up but does not go down as the engine warms up, thus making the idle higher and higher. It should come back down to 800 rpm within a few seconds. The alternator was now 117 amps for the van and 136 amps for the wagon, and a 35 gallon tank was standard. By retracting, it opens up the air passage around the throttle blade. When one cylinder misfires, there will be unburned fuel and oxygen in the exhaust. The engine was under a sturdier plastic cover than it had been in the A-vans, with better sound insulation. It is turning to retract a pintle valve on a threaded rod in preparation for engine starting.
Although Chrysler would make two redesigns of the B-platform van, much of the exterior sheetmetal would remain nearly unchanged over 33 years of production, making it one of the longest-used automotive platforms in American automotive history. The heavy vans had a standard , with an optional six or in their early years; yet the maximum gross vehicle weight was 7,700 pounds. Dodge was the last of the four major full-size van makers to market a short-wheelbase van and passenger wagon. We would like to thank Don Bunn for his article in the , which got us started. Having occasionally used B-series vans for parts in junkyards, I will acknowledge that it's sometimes a bit tough to get some things out. This is especially bad on the '98 though, due to a 1998 redesign that moved the driver and passenger seats back, along with the dash and steering wheel, while leaving the doors in the same relative position. The vans also switched to a self-adjusting hydraulic clutch with manual transmissions.
I met one woman who said she was told to press the overdrive button each time she drove the van. The B-series van was popular for cab-over motorhome conversion until Chrysler Corporation's egress from that market during their financial difficulties in the late 1970s. The interior was brought upscale, with some parts from passenger cars; and the front suspension was switched to an independent design with coil springs. Dodge Ram van Overview Manufacturer 1971—1998 1998—2003 Production 1971—2003 Assembly , Canada Body and chassis 3-door 4-door 3-door 4-door Chronology Predecessor Successor The Dodge B series was a range of that were produced by from 1971 to 2003. Common repairs by Tannon Weber As far as repairs and failures go, they basically fall in line with the A through M body rear wheel drive platforms, as well as the trucks.
The 1998 has a 360 with an A518, and easily moves itself plus a cargohold full of equipment. The side-view mirrors were now break-away units mounted to the sail portion of the front window openings. But Robert Eaton was too scared to invest much in new product; after Iaccoca left, plans from new subcompacts to supercharged Neons to revitalizing full-sized vans all fell apart, in favor of stacking up emergency cash. Also the springs, both coil and leaf, are weak. Be sure the transmission is shifting into overdrive.
Throughout their life, the B-vans had rear leaf springs and shock absorbers, with an independent coil front suspension. Most examples were sold by the Dodge division, although versions were sold by the now-defunct and divisions. I know there is a method for getting codes without a scanner but I haven't done that yet as the problem just developed. The company never put in the newer 4. The Ram Van now had computer-selected front springs, a 60 amp alternator replacing the 48 amp model , and a Value Wagon edition with a 36 gallon fuel tank, more gauges, and more chromework. Third-generation Dodge Ram van engine bay The B-series van was available with nearly every engine used in a rear-wheel-drive Chrysler product during its production. If the numbers are real high negative it means too much fuel is entering the engine and the computer is trying to fix that.
Steering was power recirculating ball, with a tight turning radius until safety-related changes to the 1998 vans increased the turning radius. The seats finally left the old E-body designs and went to a high-backed, comfortable, bolstered design that includes folding armrests on the van I'm driving, and the engine cover's redesign finally has a decent cupholder for 44 ounce drinks. The last generation vans lacking chrome bumpers are especially vulnerable, so there are lots and lots of vans used by tradesmen running around looking like they've been on a bumper cart track when they've probably just hit the occasional parking space post or trash can, or had the wrong towing method used. Dodge used the van body for the front end of its 1973—1978 cube-vans usually with dual rear axles and heavy-duty 1-Ton suspensions. The second thing you can do requires a scanner to view live sensor data. If it doesn't move, you can try pulling the valve out to extend it.
. The van would keep this body style and the 1978 dash intact with only grille changes all the way through the 1993 model year. Ram Conversion Vans can also be equipped as a van motor home, with onboard electrical power supplies that have 12- and 110-volt outlets for items such as microwave ovens and refrigerators. Two injectors with four wires running to the solenoid. With the Sprinter, Chrysler shifted from American-style full-sized vans in favor of more fuel-efficient European-style models.
On Sportsman and Tradesman vans, even the climate control panel was replaced with one taken from the car lines, with four fan speeds. Many examples of these cube-vans can still be found on the streets today as they were typically owned by companies that kept them in service for some time. This panel was eliminated in 1978 which was a transitional year for the B-series van. The driver might think that the bumper is solid enough to allow the hook+strap tow method to work, but it inevitably bends the bumper. If you find it much higher, say around step 50, the Engine Computer is requesting the higher engine speed in response to something. Similar construction for the entire 32 years of production made the Dodge Van very popular with upbuilders, service companies, and other fleets due to the compatibility of installable options from year to year without necessitating a redesign.