Why 2001 Dodge Ram 250 runs <30mph when cold

Asked by DRayH Dec 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM about the Dodge RAM 250

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2001 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 diesel has intermittent problem. It starts okay,but will only go
o-30 mph. Usually ~15. It doesn't run rough,just no power.
At times it seems okay,the after stopping at signal light,the problem shows up.
Most times it is worse in cold weather.
I've had a computer test run, and they said the motor is fine.

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hi check your fan clutch ...if they are bad they will tend to stay on (engaged) when cold robbing the engine of power diesels are worse because the are a low rpm engine ....you will notice that it will not shift out of a lower gear as well due to the low rpm....and as soon as you get to the first red light or about a half mile down the road it comes out of it...this is when the engine gets enough heat into the fan and it disengages....you can hear it on the gas engines a lot easy ..less noise but try to listen for the fan roar...good luck

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