Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7

Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7

 

Engine Diagnosis of a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 3.7.mp3

Steve

Hey. I’m Steve.

Matt

And I’m Matt

Steve and Matt

And we’re not mechanics.

Steve

But what we are is driven to get this job done. This is not a how to video. This is really more of two to regular guys just basically getting it done and that’s it, that’s it. And we don’t know what we’re doing but we are going to do it anyway.

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Hi and welcome to the autopsy portion of this Dodge Ram 3.7-liter V6 out of a $1,500, it’s out. I had mentioned in the beginning of the video that Matt had gone outside early one morning in the wintertime start the car up and went back inside let it warm up started here a really, really, really loud racket. Came back outside and the engine shut itself off. We tried to manually turn the engine by the crank and it’ll go only so far before it jams up. So, obviously something is seriously, seriously wrong. So, let’s just start the valve covers and see if we’ve got any broken rocker arms or anything like that and we’ll just go from there.

All right. So, looking at the passenger side we’ve got all of our rocker arms in place and it doesn’t look like anything else is bust up here. So, let’s go check out the other side.

All right. So, let’s remove this valve cover. Holy shit, look at this. You got a busted rocker here boy.

Matt

What?

Steve

Yes.

Matt

No.

Steve

Yes, the spring is off, screwed up. Hey, hey, hey.

Matt

This probably shouldn’t come out like that, that’s probably a problem. It could be a reason my engine seized up.

Steve

Look what we found.

Matt

We found problems.

Steve

Look at what we found.

Matt

We knew there was something wrong with this thing. We couldn’t figure it out. Shoot, if that’s it man that’ll save me a couple thousand dollars I won’t have to buy another engine.

Steve

Let’s not jump to conclusions but it didn’t…..

Matt

I want to, it saves me money.

Steve

Oh no!!

Matt

What?

Steve

It’s probably catastrophic.

Matt

Oh shoot. Let me see, let me get a close up on that. What do we got here?

Steve

So, here’s the culprit. The spring is broken, valve is busted, I’m sure we’ll find that in a bunch of metal down in the cylinder. It will be interesting to see what the top of the piston looks like. That is not supposed to look like that.

Matt

No.

Steve

Even us non-mechanic guys

Matt

We can say that’s wrong.

Steve

That’s wrong

Matt

That’s wrong.

Steve

Oh no, look.

Matt

You’re just costing me more money with your oh no.

Steve

Shards of metal, there’s metal.

Matt

That’s beautiful.

Steve

So, it’s not like we could just throw the thing back together again and go.

Matt

Let’s try it. Next steps.

Steve

Get a new engine.

Matt

I was hoping for better than that.

Steve

Well I mean if you can take this to a machine shop….

Matt

I was hoping for some magic.

Steve

You could take this to a machine shop and have them clean it, deck it, hone it and all that kind of stuff and by the time you get it back 6 months from now you might as well just buy a new engine.

Matt

Okay. Sounds good.

Steve

But did you sign out?

Matt

Not yet.

Steve

But before you buy that new engine let’s tear the heads off of this thing and check out the cylinders.

Matt

Yeah. Let’s research and see if we can put a V8 in.

Steve

I’m pretty sure we can.

Matt

Say goodbye.

Steve

Goodbye.

All right. So, we’re continuing to disassemble this thing and under normal circumstances if we were going to try to put it back together we would have made a notation as to the which rockers were which and which lifters were which et cetera et cetera et cetera. But this thing is pretty much dead, there is metal down the bottom.

All right. So, let’s start taking some of the stuff off the front of the engine here so that we can remove the timing cover so that we can get access to all that timing stuff just out of pure curiosity because these things jump and we’re going to…. Well Matt’s going to buy a new one.

All right. So, our main objective is to pull this head and see what’s going on in the cylinders down below after we drop the valve. And I could pull, I could just take the chain off and do that but I’ve never worked with single overhead cams before so I actually want to take off this front cover and just kind of look at everything and see what it looks like because that car right there got a very similar setup with do cams on top and I’m actually going to have to take that one apart and put it back together again. So, this is kind of a practice round for me. So, I’m going to kind of go the long way around taking the head off.

Well here it is with the cover off. So, with the camshafts off I’ll be able to take those chains off and pull the heads. All right, all the head bolts are off and ready to come out. Well moment of truth.

I just pulled the head off and I have not even touched, I haven’t touched a thing. That is what we’re looking at. Try cleaning up that mess and see what we see. All right. With the piston down, you can see what the valve did to the side of the cylinder wall there. That’s a pretty deep gouge. So, cleanup one and you can see the dent in the piston.

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6

Remove Engine from 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 L V6.mp3

Steve

Hey I’m Steve

Matt

And I am Matt

Steve and Matt

And we are not mechanics.

Steve

But what we are is driven to get this job done. This is not a how to video. This is really more of two to regular guys just basically getting it done and that’s it, that’s it. And we don’t know what we’re doing but we do it anyway.

Matt

But we can read.

Steve

We can read.

Matt

We can look at pictures.

Steve

And we watch YouTube videos.

Matt

And we watch YouTube videos.

Steve

And we guarantee at the end of this video series this puppy is going to be back in Matt’s truck and he’s going to be going vroom -vroom down the road.

Matt

Maybe with the V8.

Steve

Maybe with the V8.

Matt

V876

Steve

All right, so here we go. All right. You are looking at a 2006 Dodge Ram one morning back in wintertime. Matt came out fired it up, went back inside and all of a sudden it started making one hell of a noise Matt came running out he shut it off.

Matt

I didn’t shut off it shut itself.

Steve

Did it? So, we tried turning the crank manually and it will turn and then it will stop. So, obviously something metal is in the way. We have removed basically the mechanical Fan, fan shrouds, the serpentine belt, let’s see here the AC is right there. What else? Oh, we took out the alternator which was over there someplace. And now basically we’re kind of getting to the sexy part, we’re going to be removing this huge wire harness here trying to get us clear access to the valve covers, the valve covers are going to come off and we’re going to see if we’re able to ascertain any exciting information at that point. Oh, and then the air box, shit, all the air box stuff was removed as well. So, we’re going to fight with this wire harness at this point.

All right, so we had a little change of plans. We pulled that valve cover off and everything was looking just fine and we were gonna pull this valve cover off right here and we decided why bother. Obviously, the engine has got to get pulled. There’s something dramatic in the way. So, we’re just gonna go ahead and move forward with pulling the engines so. This cross member is going to come off starting here; the radiator is going to come out we’ll figure out whether we have to…. Oh, son of a bitch. Son of a bitch. Okay. Pretty docile.
For now, at least we’ll probably have to remove the hood as well. All right. So, that’s that. All right. So, we’ve hit the exhaust, all the exhaust bolts with or exhaust studs with PB, they’re soaking. So, while they soak we’re going to pull the intake manifold off and because this cal comes down so much somebody, some smart guy on the internet somewhere said that pulling this will make getting the engine out tremendously easier and that we probably won’t have to pull the…. What is this thing called? The hood.

Matt

The hood. We got rid of the rust by the way. Oh, by the way we took this off.

Steve

That’s the what?

Matt

I don’t even remember.

Steve

That’s the cross bar.

Matt

So, we took him off, we took the radiator out and take a look with the V6. Oh, I wasn’t gonna be in the video but with the V6 you can freaking walk around in here. I’m trying to talk Matt into replacing it with a Hemi. So, we’ll see what happens there.

Steve

That’ll be a good video, replace it with a hemi.

Matt

Hell, yeah with your 4 speed or 5 speed whatever?

Steve

6 speed.

Matt

6 speed

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

Oh my God. That would put this truck on the map.

Steve

Good?

Matt

I think so.

Steve

All right. I think it’s recording. My bad, I didn’t see any numbers.

Matt

Oh, I got a foot cramp.

Steve

We got this video, foot cramp. Good deal, that’s a way to start a video. Move over partner let me get this in here. Got the intake manifold, it just came right out, they just clue these things together.

Matt

Oh, smokes, check it out. Nice

Steve

You are going to look at the bottom of that again?

Matt

Huh, nothing new to look at.

Steve

Nothing new?

Matt

Very exciting.

Steve

Let me come over here see what we got.

Matt

We still got a throttle cable that we need to go like this and go like that. oh, okay. So, we still got a bracket that we need to deal here but ….

Steve

And what does that connect to write there?

Matt

What, this?

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

This is your throttle. Watch! Vroom. vroom, vroom.

Steve

Right.

Matt

Vroom. vroom, vroom.

Steve

That’s what it’ll sound like when we put the V8 in it.

Matt

No, if you put the V8 in it it’ll go bed de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de de.

All right I think we’re good.

Steve

All right.

Matt

See how much easier it’s gonna be to get to these bell housing bolts with this thing out of the way and we’ve probably given ourselves I don’t know…..

Steve

A lot of room

Matt

….12 inches.

Steve

Come to this side.

Matt

We’ve given ourselves12 inches of space.

Steve

We’ve got a lot of space in there.

Matt

Basically, where we’re at on this is we need to…. when you pull the O2 sensors off of the y pipe just so that when we drop the exhaust it doesn’t rip the O2 sensors from their connectors. But we don’t have a what we think to be a13 sixteenths. So, we’ve got somebody going to the store for us to get a 13 sixteenths when we get those O2 sensors off. And then there’s just two flanges for each of the exhaust manifolds. It’s just a flange that if I can find it is connected to the y pipe. So far one nut came off. I’m sure the other three will make us pay our dues. But obviously once we get all four of those done and then the white pipe is going to fall and we don’t want a rip out the O2 sensor. So, we are on standby till we do that. So, we pulled the starter out and I think now we’re going to start thinking about bell housing bolts and we are probably going to have this engine out by the end of the day. All right. That’s it.

All right. So, we rented a tool from Auto Zone.

Steve

Here you go.

Matt

We rented out this tool, show them the rest of it. I can only see the tip of it.

Steve

We rented this tool from Auto Zone and it’s going to help us get the O2 sensors off.

Matt

What do they call them? An oxygen sensor Auto removable.

Steve

Or something like that.

Matt

You just slide it right in?

Steve

Slide it.

Matt

Like that, right over.

Steve

Look at that.

Matt

Sure it’s on there nice a solid. You might want to watch your phone. It’s still not easy but it’s better than a wrench.

Steve

Yeah. Is my head in the way?

Matt

I am going to try it from here.

Steve

All right.

Matt

Just break it.

Steve

See what a bad ass this guy is? There he is right there. I won’t be in the video but he can be in the video. Your face is all red though. Look at it go look at it.

Matt

All right. Fucking bell housing bolts. They’re all crazy and they’re different like.

Steve

All right. So, there’s the pan. We’ve got a bell housing bolt right here which I believe is a 15 this guy right here. So, there’s a bell housing bolt right there.

Matt

I think we took this one out already. I don’t think there’s a stud there. Now that was probably, this is probably just where the starter goes. There’s nothing there, up here there’s a bracket and I’m not sure what. As we come down around the other way there’s a….

Steve

[Inaudible08:00]

Matt

Right here.

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

That one’s a 15.

Steve

Yeah.

Matt

Can you point out the rest? I think that one is a 15 too and then try the next one it might be….

Steve

That one right there.

Matt

Is that the 16?

Steve

That is a 16.

Matt

All right. So, just let’s make notes of …..

Steve

16 up on the top.

Matt

Make a note of the fact that this is a stud right here.

Steve

Okay.

Matt

This guy right here is a stud. So, that’s it and then we’re going to have to go around top to get the rest.

Steve

All right. So, we’re starting on the bell housing bolts. We got transmission jack under the transmission. We actually got really, really, really lucky with the exhaust manifolds where they made up…. the flange is made up with the y pipe because we were able to get all four of them without too much hassle at all. So, the white pipe is now completely separated from our exhaust manifolds and I think we’re pretty much there on all of the connections. We’re just going after the bell housing bolts and we’re going to disconnect the engine from the transmission and then it’s just a matter of motor mounts and then we should be we be pulling this one out. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. It’s about 95 degrees, I almost passed out.

Matt

Whoever watches this video.

Steve

All right. This is a…. what you call it? A super naval condouple triple lindy knot.

Matt

That’s right. You know what, you replicate it.

Steve

And if you want to troll about the knot troll about the fucking kot, I could care less.

Matt

It’s my own specialty.

Steve

Yeah. So how many years were you in the Navy?

Matt

Four years five months.

Steve

Four years. But it was 32 years ago.

Matt

Four years five months 16 hours 32 minutes.

Steve

Here you go but it is a shitload long time ago.

Matt

Yeah, 20 plus.

Steve

So, we’re almost there. We are getting ready to pull. All right. Keep on going. You’ve got to go up some more, you’ve got to clear this…you’ve got to clear that.

Matt

Everything else is clear, we’re good.

Steve
Everything’s clear. Take it straight out. Use your muscles man.

Matt

People [inaudible10:29] down and hosed down everything is clear or I could do that.

Steve

Yeah, this is a condo man. We have done it man. Oh, wow, wow, wow. Of course. How is that possible?

Matt

oh, they’re just a test for [inaudible11:00].