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HGFP1948

2002 5.9

I have a beautiful 2002 Ram 5.9 4 x 4 that we bought brand new.  It just turned over 61,000 miles.  Obviously we don't drive it a lot and sometimes it sets for weeks at a time.  It is burning a quart of oil about every 500 miles (I have always used Mobil 1) and smells like it's burning excess gas each time I start it.  Do I need a valve job?

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Intake may need to be resealed. Open the throttle body blades, and look down with a flash light to see if there's oil on the bottom of the plenum. Mopar makes a new belly pan gasket.

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After it sits for a few days, when you start it up does it push white smoke out of the exhaust and then quit after a few minutes ? Not necessarily the miles but the age, could possibly be the valve seals are hard as a rock and not sealing any more.

 

I had a 2002 4 sport with the 5.9, loved the truck but it didn't pass a gas station, it was always thirsty. lol

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Thanks El Diablo, that's exactly what I think also.  Ours is a Sport model also - with leather, adj. pedals, heated seats, 20" wheels, etc.

It used to get about 16mpg on the highway but down to about 12 now and 8 in town.

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