What did you do to your Gen3 today?

KyleW2

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Cleaned it up and took pics. Going up for sale in the morning..can't resist with how hot the used truck market is.
 

HandyCruiser

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Back on June 8, 2021, I was driving to work in my 2003 Dodge Quadcab SLT that I bought new in November 2002. It was raining hard and I was on a winding country highway. I came around a curve and water was across the road. I hydroplaned and went off the road on the opposite side into a gully. All this took long enough for me to say a prayer as I skidded out of control and down through the mud. Luckily, I was not hurt but the left front fender and rear side of the bed were messed up.

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All I had was liability insurance on it because it's only worth about $3K at best. But I decided to have it fixed anyway. To get a truck as nice and as reliable as my 2003, I would have to spend a lot more than $3K. So I spent about $1,800 to put her back in the cosmetic condition she was in before the wreck.

I got her back last Sunday afternoon, but she needed a few things done. Today I got the slow leak in left front tire fixed. As I suspected, there was dirt in the bead. Most of the local tire shops were covered up. So I got this Mexican shop over on the back side of down to clean it out for me. As always, the Mexican guy does great work. And now my old girl is ready to go back to work. This is the first brand-new vehicle I ever owned. And I might just keep it until the end. We will have to see.

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HandyCruiser

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No!!!!!!!

I'm doing a suspension job on my Charger R/T Daytona, so I need my old 2003 Dodge Quadcab for my daily 110-mile commute to work. But by the time I got to work this morning. I noticed that my engine had started to vibrate. o_O

Ever since I got the truck back from the paint and body guy, I have noticed a slight shake. But I assumed it was the alignment since the left front wheel took a hard hit in the wreck. But by the time I got to work. I was able to tell it was the engine and not the suspension or drive train. I opened the hood and grabbed the fan. It was okay side to side. But then I noticed it had a wobble front to back. Then I said a prayer of thanks. A bad fan clutch is about the easiest engine vibration to solve. God is very good. So when I got back home, I went by O'Reilly Auto Parts, snagged a $55 fan clutch with my veteran's discount and got her done! :)

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Tools included a 24" Crescent wrench, 24" pry bar, 13mm socket, torque wrench set to 18 ft-lbs, impact wrench and a hammer. New fan clutch is a Murray 2742 from O'Reilly.

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My engine was apparently still dirty from the wreck. Mud likes to go everywhere while sliding out-of-control down a steep embankment. :rolleyes:

Removing the fan clutch was child's play. I did not need to remove the fan shroud. I just put the 24" Crescent wrench on the nut on the back of the fan clutch, held the pulley with the pry bar and wacked the side of the Crescent wrench with the hammer towards the passenger side of the truck. Even after 18+ years and over 250K miles, the nut just popped loose.

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I installed the fan on the new clutch and torqued the four bolts to 18 ft-lbs. Then I just screwed the fan clutch nut back on the water pump, tightened it by tapping the giant Crescent wrench with the hammer while hold the pulley with the pry bar, and I was done! Total job time - about 30 minutes. :)

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grpht03ram

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handycruiser, its great to see you keeping up your truck! I have an 03 exactly like yours. Mines also been in the family since new.

This week I installed a dash cover since my dash unfortunately started cracking a few years ago. if I ever have to replace the heater core Id like to put in a whole new OEM dash since Ill have the dash out anyways
 
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