Dodge >> Dakota – Ramcharger – Ram Pickup/Truck/Van/Wagon (1992 – 1995)

Model Year Engine identification System
Dakota 2.5/3.9/5.2L 1992-95 VIN  position 8 = G/K/X/Y SBEC  II
Ramcharger  5.2/5.9L 1992-93 VIN  position 8 = Y/Z/5 SBEC  II
Ram Pickup D/W 3.9/5.2L 1992-93 VIN  position 8 = X/Y SBEC  II
Ram Pickup/Chassis Cab D/W 5.9L 1992-93 VIN  position 8 = Z/5 SBEC  II
Ram Truck 3.9/5.2L 1994-95 VIN  position 8 = X/Y SBEC  II
Ram Truck 5.9/8.0L 1994-95 VIN  position 8 = W/Z/5 SBEC  II
Ram Van/Wagon  3.9/5.2/5.9L 1992-94 VIN  position 8 =  A/T/X/Y/Z SBEC  II
Ram Van/Wagon 3.9/5.2/5.9L 1995 EHC/ELF/EML SBEC  II

General information

  • Malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) will illuminate if certain faults are recorded.
  • ECM operates in backup mode if sensors fail, to enable vehicle to be driven to repair shop.
  • Trouble codes can be displayed by the MIL or by using a Scan Tool connected to the data link connector (DLC).


  • Within 3 seconds switch the ignition key ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON.
  • Count MIL flashes. Note trouble codes.
  • Each trouble code consists of two groups [1] [A].
  • The first group of flashes indicate the ‘tens’ of the trouble code.
  • The second group of flashes indicate the ‘units’ of the trouble code.
  • A short pause separates ‘tens’ and ‘units’ [1] [B].
  • A long pause separates each trouble code [1] [C].
  • For example: Trouble code 21 displayed [1].
  • End of test sequence indicated by trouble code 55.
  • Trouble codes can also be displayed by using a Scan Tool connected to the data link connector (DLC):
o Dakota [2]
o Ramcharger/Ram Pickup [3].
o Ram Truck [4]
o RamVan/Wago [5]


NOTE: Disconnecting battery ground lead may cause driveability problems until the engine management system relearns basic values.
  • Ensure ignition switched OFF.
  • Disconnect battery ground cable for at least 30 seconds.
  • Reconnect battery ground cable.
  • Repeat accessing procedure to ensure no trouble codes remain in ECM fault memory.
NOTE: Disconnecting battery ground lead may also erase memory from electronic units, such as radio.
  • Trouble codes can also be erased by using a Scan Tool connected to the data link connector (DLC).

Trouble code  identification

Flash code Fault location Probable cause
11 Crankshaft position (CKP) sensor Wiring, air gap, CKP sensor
12 Engine control module (ECM) -supply voltage disconnected within last 50 ignition switch ON-OFF cycles Wiring, battery
13 Manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor Wiring, MAP sensor
14 Manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor voltage low/high Wiring, MAP sensor
15 Vehicle speed sensor (VSS) -signal Wiring, VSS
17 Engine temperature -low for long period Wiring, coolant thermostat, ECT sensor
21 Heated oxygen sensor (H02S) -incorrect signal/voltage high Wiring, fuel pressure, injector control, EVAP canister purge valve, compression, air filter blocked, H02S
22 Engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor voltage low/high Wiring, ECT sensor
23 Intake air temperature (IAT) sensor -voltage low/high Wiring, IAT sensor
24 Throttle position (TP) sensor Wiring, accelerator cable adjustment, TP sensor
25 Idle air control (lAC) valve/idle speed control (ISC) actuator Wiring, lAC valve/1SC actuator
27 Injector(s) -circuit malfunction Wiring, injector
31 Evaporative emission (EVAP) canister purge valve -open/short circuit Wiring, EVAP canister purge valve
32 Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) solenoid/ system -circuit malfunction Wiring, hoses, EGR solenoid
33 A/C compressor clutch relay Wiring, A/C compressor clutch relay
34 Cruise control Wiring open circuit/short circuit, hoses, voltage low/high, cruise control master switch, cruise control vacuum switching valve
35 Engine coolant blower motor relay -low/high speed Wiring, engine coolant blower motor relay low/high speed
35 Closed throttle position (CTP) switch Wiring open circuit/short circuit, ISC actuator, CTP switch
36 Secondary air injection (AIR) solenoid Wiring open circuit/short circuit, AIR solenoid
37 Torque converter clutch (TCC) solenoid/ transmission fluid temperature (TFT) sensor Wiring, transmission fluid level, TCC solenoid, TFT sensor, ECM
41 Alternator Wiring open circuit/short circuit, alternator
42 Engine control relay Wiring open circuit/short circuit, engine control relay
43 Ignition coil(s) Wiring open circuit/short circuit, ignition coil(s)
44 Battery temperature sensor/engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor Wiring open circuit/short circuit, battery temperature sensor, ECT sensor, ECM
45 Overdrive solenoid Wiring open circuit/short circuit, overdrive solenoid
46 Alternator -voltage high Wiring, battery, alternator
47 Alternator -voltage low Wiring, battery, alternator drive belt, alternator
51 System too lean Wiring, intake/exhaust leak, fuel pressure, injector control, EVAP canister purge valve, H02S
52 System too rich Wiring, exhaust blockage, fuel pressure, injector control, EVAP canister purge valve, compression, air filter blocked, ignition system, H02S
53 Engine control module (ECM) -internal faultdefective ECM
54 Camshaft position (CMP) sensor -no signal Wiring, CMP sensor
55 End of malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) codeoutput
62 Engine control module (ECM) -EEPROM error ECM
63 Engine control module (ECM) -EEPROM error ECM