why am i losing power while towing?

Asked by Jul 29, 2015 at 02:33 PM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Quad Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram diesel Cummings with 154,000 miles. Lately if I try and tow my 28ft travel trailer it loses power. At first it was only when I went up hills but now it happens on flat roads. The other day it started blowing black smoke while I was towing also. Any help would be appreciated.

1 Answer

40,725

It needs to go to a diesel mechanic. Could be anything from a plugged fuel filter to a defective fuel pump to a bad turbo charger. Impossible to say from here. Best of luck with it.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why am i losing power when towing? 5 answers

    I have a 2003 Dodge Ram diesel Cummings with 154,000 miles. Lately if I try and tow my 28ft travel trailer it loses power. At first it was only when I went up hills but now it happens on flat roads. T...

    2003 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Quad Cab LB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 2012 dodge ram 2500 cummins turbo diesel why would tow haul quit working and my turbo will not kick in.. also my transmission is not shifting right? 9 answers

    My turbo will not kick in. so now while driving up a hill the truck has a hard time speeding up. It will drop any where between 5-10 mph before reaching the top of the hill depending on the incline....

    2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Can an alternator cause tranission problem 1 answer

    I have a 1996 dodge ram 1500 and it ended up losing power and locking up in 2nd gear. Took it to a shop and they said i have a clogged cat converter and a bad transmission but before the problems ...

    1996 Dodge Ram 2500 ST 4WD Extended Cab SB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Trailer Brake Controller Problems??? 10 answers

    I have a 2010 2500 with a 6.7 diesel. I have benn using it to tow my 6ton boat with surge brakes and recently put on electric over hydrauic brake system made by Dexter. When i use the controller to pu...

    2010 Dodge Ram 2500

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Straightpipe-Power Gain??? 7 answers

    I have been debating whether to straight pipe my 6.7, take out just the muffler not the DPF. The main reason i want to do thid is for power gain and fuel economy towing. I was wondering if anyone has ...

    Dodge Ram 2500

    -

    Car Customization

Search Dodge Ram 2500 Questions

Dodge Ram 2500 Experts

#1 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 2,110
#2 Ram2500Diesel
Ram2500Diesel
Reputation 550
#3 AJBurns
AJBurns
Reputation 470
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 3500
97 Great Deals out of 2,310 listings starting at $5,999
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
396 Great Deals out of 45,084 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
327 Great Deals out of 25,712 listings starting at $2,500
Used Dodge Ram 1500
530 Great Deals out of 12,833 listings starting at $1,995
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD
137 Great Deals out of 13,466 listings starting at $2,997
Used Ford F-150
2,692 Great Deals out of 212,369 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,286 Great Deals out of 155,167 listings starting at $1,395
Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
420 Great Deals out of 27,098 listings starting at $2,999
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500
10 Great Deals out of 318 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Tundra
584 Great Deals out of 30,719 listings starting at $2,637
Used GMC Sierra 1500
935 Great Deals out of 62,272 listings starting at $1,395

Used Cars For Sale