Different year Dodge Ram 1500

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Asked by Oct 21, 2016 at 10:03 PM about the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr ST 4WD Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I have what I think is a 1999/2001 Dodge Ram
1500 5.9L 4wd. The guy I bought it from told me it
was an '01 and the rear axle was shot so I put a '01
rear end on it. At that time I decided to do new
brakes all the way around and got '01 pads for the
front and they were completely different so I got '99
pads and they worked. The abs and brake light
have always been on and the brakes lock up really
easily. I've been told that it's because the years on
the truck are different. I've never been too
knowledgeable on electrical components on truck
so any help will be appreciated.

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34,255

Did you hook up the rear wheel speed sensor?

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Yes i hooked it up when I replaced the rear. Would the different years play a part in my cause?

34,255

If the sensor is not compatible then yes it will cause a problem. I have no idea if you can install the correct year sensor in the newer axle. If the sensor is bad it could be the source of your problem. I would start by looking up both years and seeing if the part numbers for the wheel speed sensor are the same for both years.

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From what I gathered so far the wheel speed sensor is the same because the dorman replacement had the same part number.

56,575

The tenth character of the vehicle identification number (VIN) will tell you the model year of the vehicle. X=1999, 1=2001. HTH. -Jim

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The truck has like 3 or 4 different vin numbers on it

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56,575

The only VIN you should be looking at is the one on the lower driver's side of the windshield. That should be the original VIN to the vehicle. HTH. -Jim

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The problem with that is the body was put on a different chassis. The body was the only thing that was a 2001 before I did the rear axle then that's when I realized that the body was set on a different truck.

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