Why am i losing power when towing?

Asked by Jul 29, 2015 at 10:20 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.

5 Answers

19,785

first thing change fuel filter/sep....

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Changed last year. Expensive, annual replace? What's next?

19,785

$18.74 and easy to change...i would check/change again..

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks. I checked with parts store, you're close. My mechanic charged 35 for the filter and 60 to install. I think I'll try to install it with the help of a u-tube video. I also bought a bottle of injector cleaner. Thanks again.

19,785

cant hurt....

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • why am i losing power while towing? 1 answer

    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

Ram 2500

Looking for a Used Ram 2500 in your area?

CarGurus has 5,611 nationwide Ram 2500 listings starting at $2,995.

ZIP:

Search Dodge Ram 2500 Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Dodge Ram 2500 Experts

#1 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 2,070
#2 Ram2500Diesel
Ram2500Diesel
Reputation 550
#3 AJBurns
AJBurns
Reputation 450
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 3500
96 Great Deals out of 2,335 listings starting at $5,000
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
440 Great Deals out of 43,294 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
376 Great Deals out of 26,940 listings starting at $2,998
Used Dodge Ram 1500
495 Great Deals out of 12,988 listings starting at $1,495
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD
143 Great Deals out of 13,171 listings starting at $3,500
Used Ford F-150
3,007 Great Deals out of 207,341 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,535 Great Deals out of 151,790 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
422 Great Deals out of 26,195 listings starting at $2,999
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500
7 Great Deals out of 291 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Tundra
659 Great Deals out of 28,145 listings starting at $2,798
Used GMC Sierra 1500
980 Great Deals out of 60,002 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale