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2004 Dodg Ram 1500 5.7 L Hemi

My engine light has been going on and off for several months now. I feel a loss of power at times and a ticking from the right side of the engine. When I took off the air intake and looked at the butterfly it was crusted BLACK on the inside. And damn I mean like 1mm thick black. So I cleaned all that out and began to use "Tune Up in a Can" and Seafoam like products. (The tail pipes were also emitting a black substance with liquid) Several cans of this, and the engine light would come off. I had also previously noticed that there was a white fog coming from the oil cap after the engine was hot. I was told that this was normal. The same with a orange like substance being deposited on the oil cap (personally I thought that was ****) and after using the canned tune ups both the "fog" and the condensation within the oil cap were gone. Nice and dry. At that time I also notice Hemi was performing like she was brand new. Now the ticking sound is louder than ever and when driving at 60km with cruise on or off the engine will rpm-bounce. And then you can feel it rocking slightly. Higher speeds, not a problem. I went to Mr. Lube to get my PCV valve replaced and they said they couldn't find it, and it "Must be internal". Where is the bugger? Is it that screw cap on the right side of the intake manifold? And if so it really didn't seem to want to come out, and to be honest I wasn't going to force it very hard without knowing exactly what I was doing. Thanks in advance. Matthias

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  • matthiasf May 22, 2009

    I haven't had the code scanned yet. Everyone wants labor to do it. I was just going to buy a Tuner/Diag or even buy one from a store, use it and then return it citing that it didn't work. But I'd rather not be dishonest about it.


  • matthiasf May 22, 2009

    Ok so here's what's going on now. I got some Seafoam lube to spray into the PVC valve. That thing was gunked up horribly. I mean like two shop cloths gunked up. I cleaned it out with the seafoam and gently wiped away any dirt.

    2nd problem, still ticking badly and when I opened the oil cap the condensation is back. The engine light went off after cleaning the pvc valve.


  • john dobbs May 11, 2010

    have you scanned your truck for codes oriely auto parts bwill do it for free dont buy parts yet let me know

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I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7ltr Hemi....I had a significant issue with loss of oil...the bottom of this engine and vehicle is as dry as they come. No smoke from the tail pipe...however the inside is dark...not that light grey clean burning look...I'm also seeing oil residue inside the air breather....I searched all over that engine to find what knew a PCV should look like...I finally broke down, drove to the local Dodge service dept. and asked one of their mechanics to come show me...facing the engine...on the passenger side of the engine, behind the throttle body cover is what looks like a plug with a raised center clip you grab and twist clockwise to unlock and counter to lock....it took a bit of prying with a small flathead screwdrive, but it popped up. The check valve in it was sluggish (due to the oil) and probably not functioning to full capacity. The dealership charges about $42 per but cut me a "deal" and charged me $34. You do have to remove the throttle body cover to see it and ultimately remove it....2 screws and you're there.

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YOUR GETTIN THERE with engine running spray carb cleaner into pcv valve this will clean tube and intake passage also with running find an opening to throttle body and spray you cant take air cleaner tube off because of air flow sensor sounds like carbon build up hope this helps let fixya know

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Auotzone & Pep Boys I'm told will perform a code scan for free.

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