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Dodge v10 rocker arms breaking

Every time one breaks its on a different cylinder.1st three times were on bank 1, now on 2nd bank.

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  • jdrax May 11, 2010

    Hey, I just found this and I have the same problem


    I just got the second one broken, first one on left bank and tonite one on the right bank


    the bolts snap off...... looks like the rocker pivots are wearing and this might be the cause


    have you talked to dodge dealer????


    my email is jdrax@tbirdranch.com


    let me know what you did to fix

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Talk to mopar. That's a warranty issue & b.s. if you ask me. Rocker's breaking off,beep, that.

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