05-13-2016, 02:37 AM
Join Date: May 2016
New member engine issues.
Hello, I have heard of the club previously and I hate to be joining under these circumstances however I need help. I heard this is an amazing community of truck owners and I am hoping for some advice.
Truck is a 04 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi. Engine has 40k miles I am the original owner. No mods all original.
I have a pretty long history to post about the truck but the short of it is that I had a p03 code on cylinder #4. The truck has been sitting for about 8 months since throwing the code and having an extremely rough drive to a mechanic.
Local mechanic is a known acquaintance however I would like a second opinion from someone that may have had a similar experience. The mechanic checked the compression on cylinder #4 and says there is none. He thinks it is a stuck valve that got bent by the piston. The recommended repair is removing both cylinder heads and rebuilding them. Total tally was somewhere around $2200.
Can anyone offer any advice, maybe something I can check to make sure it is the valve and not a broken spring. I heard my year truck has a known issue with the valve springs.
The long of it:
I babied this truck for a long time. Some time, about 2 years ago due to money issues I had to stop using it regularly. I had the truck in storage at my mothers house and the truck was being started every other day by my stepfather. I found out my stepfather was driving the truck drunk on occasion and unfortunately living so far away I had to remove the battery and let it sit. He actually crashed my truck into something that I still to this date haven't found out what it was and damaged the front bumper. Unfortunately I didn't take any precautions like fuel additives for storage.
I would try and start the truck and drive it around the block as often as possible. It would sit weeks at a time unfortunately. It developed issues with the fuel pump and needed that replaced. About 1 and half years ago I dropped the tank and replaced the pump with a pump I purchased from amazon. The car ran fine after the replacement. It would occasionally idle rough and the longer I let it sit the harder it would start. About a year ago it had a real rough start and would bog down while driving it around the neighborhood.
I moved closer to my mothers house and I decided to start using the truck in order to try and salvage it and not let it get damaged any further. I drove the truck (10miles) to my house and it drove fine, however, the following morning it would not start. After a few tries it finally started up and it was extremely rough and misfiring. There weren't any noticeable knocking or metal sounds.I drove it to the mechanic mentioned above and I explained the history and the current issues of the truck. He checked it and determined it was a valve issue.
Any help or advise is welcome! Thank you all in advance!