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9/10/2003
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'99 CC 5.2, 4x4 90,000 miles. Just towed a 4500 lb. trailer 1200 miles and used almost 4 qts. oil. Also, a lot of pinging and knocking under acceleration. Looked down through throttle body and it appears to have some oil. Do I need a new gasket? Doesn't seem to use much oil under light loads....



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9/10/2003
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Yes, your belly pan gasket is bad. Dealer charges $700, you can do it yourself for about $35 and several hours worth of work. My 99' CC 4X4 5.2L did the same thing around 38k miles, only has 43k on it now. Runs much better after the repair, but make sure you get a good metal replacement gasket, mine came from O'Reillys (Felpro) was a thin metal with some kind of rubber like coating.



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9/10/2003
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I did mine this past weekend and the Felpro brand gasket is the way to go. I looked at the Carquest brand one that is sold in their stores and it was exactly like the piece of junk on my truck that was blown out in two places.



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9/10/2003
09:42:58

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Thanks for the tips, from everyhting I've heard, sounds like Felpro is the way to go. Had been thinking it needed replacing for a while. Since I've got the factory service manual, it shouldn't be too hard, I hope....



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9/10/2003
09:48:12

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What a job that was. You'll need new intake manifold gaskets. I didn't get the valve cover gaskets, I just turned them upside down for a new seal. If I had to do it again, I'd put an M1 intake on it since it was all off anyway. I was a little wary of the job when I did it just over 2 years ago but Bernd helped me out and talked me through it. Thank you Bernd!! I used felpro gaskets as well Dakota_daze. Its held up nicely over the past 30k or so miles. Below is a picture of me knee deep is sh1t. haha


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9/10/2003
10:43:49

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I used the directions that I downloaded from speedtweaks web site but I did not pull the distributor or the valve covers on my '99 5.2. I took my time and cleaned the throttle body and intake good. Put the 180 deg thermostat in and modified my TP sensor. Ran 1/3 can Sea Foam cleaner through the throttle body, dumped 1/3 can in the gas tank, and the rest in the oil. Ran it hard around the countryside and drained the oil and filled with Mobil 1. Runs like a new truck now.



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9/10/2003
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I have a 99 RT w/ 86,000 mi. It has had an oil consumption problem for a while now. A quart about 1,200 to 1,500 mi. for the last year and a half. The intake manifold was pressure checked and there was no indication leaks. There is no oil build-up when I look down through the TB. No blue smoke w/ first start up. On its last tune the garage (reputable) where I take it did notice the #8 spark plug was a little damp w/ oil but not terrible. That was 4 months ago. Well, it just started knocking and pinging the other day. It has run fine w/ the slight oil leak till now. Is this the intake plenum/gasket problem? When this fix is done, is the gasket between the plenum and the intake, the plenum itself, and the gasket between the plenum and block replaced? If they are replaced are there now better gaskets or a better plenum to use? Manufacturers and part #s appreciated. The garage that I use is a block away from a Dodge dealer and can get their parts readily. I'm going to be trading the truck in within the next 6 months so I'm not interested in installing an M1.



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9/10/2003
11:17:47

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Go to the web site linked below and print out the directions for the Technical Service Bulletin and take them to your garage and have them vacuum check it that way. http://www.speedtweaks.ca/tipsandtricks.php#bellypan



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9/10/2003
13:08:15

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What are the part numbers for the Felpro gaskets? Thanks in advance, Brad



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9/10/2003
14:21:21

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The Felpro parts from the Federal Mogul/FelPro web site.
60958-1 Throttle Body gasket
ES72169 Intake bolt set
MS95462 Upper set- phlenum gasket only
MS95392-1 Lower set - which I could not get and I think includes the phlenum gasket and the 2 intake to head gaskets



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9/14/2003
18:29:47

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How much work is it to replace your belly pan gasket???



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9/15/2003
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It is a fair amount of work. How fast you can do it depends on your available tools and how good you are. If you want to read the install steps, go to www.speedtweaks.ca/tipsandtricks.



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9/15/2003
23:11:27

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Hughes Engines sells a good repair kit for the plenum gasket complete with bolts and new pan. Just go to hughesengines.com



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4/30/2009
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I have a 99 dakota that is using about a quart of oil every week or so.It also pings whenunder accellerated.I spoke with a few people who said it might be my rings how do i determine if its my belly pan gasket or not? Thanks



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4/30/2009
21:08:29

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Take off the airhat on the TB. Hold the throttle open and look down into the intake manifold. Of course you need to do this without the engine running. If you see oil puddling in the intake, it's the belly pan gskt.

By the way, not to sound like an @ but you could start a new thread instead of draggin up an almost 6 yr old post. I just happened to stumble across it. Let us know what you find.

These motors usually don't start burning oil unless they've been very abused.



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12/02/2021
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Need a picture of where it is and eat it lookslike



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