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Old 08-13-2019, 07:23 PM   #1
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2011 Ram 1500 lifter failure repair

I am the lucky owner of a 2009 1500 5.7 with the lifter failure thats taken out the cam. Engine has about 198,000 miles, so I guess its hard to be to mad but still frustrating due to it being such a common failure.

It started on CL, I saw the truck listed as having trans issues and after driving it and feeling no shifting problems I found codes for cyl 1 misfire and cyl 1 reactivation. I left with what may be the cheapest fully loaded truck I have ever head of thinking I hit the goldmine and it needs an MDS solenoid. I put one in and the reactivation code went away but the mis remained. Plugs, coil, injector, you know the deal, nothing helped. Compression was a bit low, slight leakdown from the intake... not the end of the world, right? I will pull the head, valve, spring, move on with life. Wrong again. Pulled the lifter from #1 intake and you already know what I found, roller bouncing around like a kid on a carnival ride, leaving a round cam lobe behind. After taking a look at everything all the pushrods have excessive wear as well which is not shocking at this point. Luckily, I pulled the VVT solenoid and not a spec of metal in the screens indicating the contaminates are not flowing through the engine at this point and a "refurbish" is plausible. Additionally the head failed the water test for the cyl #1 intake with a slow leak.

So at this point I would be looking at a cam, all lifters, all rods, rockers, and #1 valve as the top was beat to **** along with the VVT solenoid I destroyed trying to remove. This brings me to the reason for making the post, sourcing parts to make this financially worth the rebuild. OEM parts pricing all added up seems to not be worth throwing that much at a 200k engine when for around $2200 I can locally source one with 73k on it. Does anyone here know a parts source for this stuff? Just looking for OEM spec as I will be selling the truck so dont need to "throw the better one in while I'm in there"

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #3
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With that many miles a full rebuild is in order I would say. You can get a reman motor or rebuild that one. Patching it back up using existing rings and what not is going to end up costing more with that many miles when something fails again. A low miles used motor is also an option. I get all my parts thru the dealers or advance commercial side and they use dealers also sometimes.
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Since your selling it, only replace what's necessary to make the engine run good again.
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:05 PM   #8
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grab that low mile engine, sell yours .. the 73K mile engine will be a good selling point...I've found people get weird with you tell them you worked on the 200k mile engine instead of replacing.....not like in the 90s when people would get weird when you tell them you replaced the old engine.
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:19 PM   #9
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@Ghost03Hemi That was the original thought, but with the cost difference being pretty small between the parts and this replacement engine, I think a document supported 73k engine will help get more money for the truck instead of a 200k engine, recouping (hopefully) the extra cost from the replacement. Time will tell
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:25 PM   #10
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Well guys I decided to go with the engine, should be here this afternoon!
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