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TSB 03-03-96

Droning Noise/Vibration

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Date: Aug.16,1996

NOTE:    THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN 16-02-95 DATED NOVEMBER 3,1995 WHICH SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FILES AND NOTED IN THE 1995 TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN MANUAL (PUBLICATION NO. 81-699-96084)

Models: 1994 - 1996 (BR) Ram Truck

NOTE:    THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE CUMMINS 5.9L DIESEL ENGINE AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.

1996 2500 CLUB CAB, 155" WB AND 4X4, EQUIPPED WITH THE HEAVY DUTY TRANSFER CASE, (SALES CODE DHG), BUILT AFTER MAY 9,1996 (MDH 05-09-XX) ALREADY HAVE THE REVISED PROPELLER SHAFTS AND DO NOT APPLY TO THIS BULLETIN.

Symptoms:

Customers may complain of a droning type noise (sometimes described as a booming noise) and/or a vibration felt in the seat track, floor pan, and steering column. This condition may occur when the torque converter clutch is engaged. The drone/vibration is magnified if hauling a full payload. The customer may state that the drone/vibration is more pronounced on acceleration or when pulling a load. If the customer is pulling a trailer or camper which has a significant wind drag, the noise may be constant (this is typically the worst case). The drone/vibration is caused by the propeller shaft transferring normal powertrain actions. 

Diagnosis:

The drone/vibration condition is engine speed specific and peaks at 1900 engine rpm on 4X2 models and 1850 engine rpm on 4x4 models. Noting the engine speed, accelerate the vehicle until the transmission reaches 4th gear and the torque converter clutch is engaged. If the drone/vibration is identified, perform the following Repair Procedure.  

Parts:

(AR)    4864054    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
         (1994-1995 M.Y. 3500 Std. Cab, 135" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52099222)
(AR)    4864055    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
         (1994-1995 M.Y. 2500 Std. Cab, 135" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52088030)
(AR)    4864056    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1994-1995 M.Y. 3500 Cab & Chassis, 139" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52088033)
(AR)    4864057    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1994-1995 M.Y. 3500 Cab & Chassis, 163" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52088035)
(AR)    4864058    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1994-1995 M.Y. 3500 Cab & Chassis, 163" WB, 4x4)
          (1994-1995 M.Y. 3500 Cab & Chassis, 163" WB 4x2 with PTO)
          (Replaces 52088053)
(AR)    4864059    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1995 M.Y. 3500 Club Cab, 155" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52098401)
(AR)    4864060    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1995 M.Y. 2500 HD Club Cab, 155" WB, 4x2) (Replaces 52087689)
(AR)    4864061    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1995 M.Y. 3500 Club Cab, 155" WB, 4x4) (Replaces 52087698)
(AR)    4864062    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1995 M.Y. 2500 HD Club Cab, 155" WB, 4x4 STD Transfer Case)
          (Replaces 5209987)
(AR)    4864063    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1995 M.Y. 2500 Club Cab, 155" WB 4x4, H. D. Transfer Case)
          (Replaces 52698390)
(AR)    4864064    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1996 M.Y. 3500 Cab And Chassis, 163" WB 4x4, (Replaces 52099115) 
(AR)    4864065    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1996 M.Y. 2500 Club Cab, 155" WB 4x4, Standard Transfer Case, DHH)
          (Replaces 52099109)
(AR)    4864066    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1996 M.Y. 3500 Club Cab, 155" WB 4x4, (Replaces 52099193)
(AR)    4864067    Propeller Shaft Assm., 2 - Piece With Slipyoke Damper
          (1996 M.Y. 2500 Club Cab, 155" WB 4x4, HD Transfer Case, DHG
          (Replaces 52099194)

NOTE: 1996 2500 CLUB CAB, 155" WB 4X4 AND HEAVY DUTY TRANSFER CASE (SALES CODE DHG) (BUILT AFTER MAY 9,1996 (MDH 05-09-XX)) ARE ASSEMBLED WITH THE REVISED PROPELLER SHAFT

Repair:

This bulletin involves the replacement of the 2 piece propeller shaft with a revised propeller shaft that contains a yoke damper weight.

1.    Shift the transmission/transfer case to their Neutral positions. Raise and support vehicle (Figure 1).  

2.    Remove the U-joint clamp screws at rear axle pinion shaft yoke.

3.    Remove the bolts that attach the center bearing to the support bracket.    

4.    Slide the slip yoke off of the transmission/transfer case output shaft and remove the propeller shaft.

5.    Install the now propeller shaft (Part number determined from list given above).

6.    Slide the slip yoke on to the transmission output shaft.

7.    Install the center bearing to the support bracket.

8.    Install the bolts and tighten to 68Nm (50 ft.lbs).

NOTE: REPLACEMENT U-JOINT CLAMPS (PIN 4428723) AND SCREWS (PIN 6034965) MUST BE INSTALLED.

9.    Torque the u-joint clamp screws to 30Nm (22 ft. lbs.).

10.   Lower the vehicle, shift the transmission into park and return transfer case to 4x2 position.

Notes:

POLICY:   Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

TIME ALLOWANCE:
Labor Operation No: 16-30-01-96 ................................. 0.4 Hrs.

FAILURE CODE: P8 - New Part


Thanks to Bob Bergevin and Barry Drodge for supplying this TSB information

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