5.9 swapped with a 5.2

Asked by Guru678DY Apr 07, 2020 at 01:06 PM about the 1998 Dodge RAM 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Will a 98 5.2 swap out with a 2001 5.9

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Adaptation isn't what it used to be. With today's computers and sensors, if you have the same model year and the same basic platform, the engines would have been manufactured the same. All components, including electrical and engine control would be the same. Accessories might differ, but you would be keeping those that came with the receiving car: air conditioning, cruise control, etc. Replacing an engine with one from a different year or a different platform would entail some modifications or wire harness supplements to work. The question isn't an easy one to answer other than the obvious "Liberty" is likely the only easy replacement car. Researching other cars for computability would be a nightmare.

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