Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Swapping 98 5.9l engine for 96 5.2l

asked by on

I have a 98 dodge ram 1500 that had a 5.9l engine. The engine through a rod and now I have a 96 5.2l engine that I can swap in. Do I need to change the computer or worry about an egr valve? Is my current 98 computer compatible with the 96 5.2l engine?

My car has 111000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The first clue is the EGR system. One engin...

The first clue is the EGR system. One engine has it and the other does not. Even though it may be illegal for you to change your vehicle engine from a 98 to a 96, as long as it is used off-road you should be okay. Swapping used engines when using the same motor year and size is difficult enough. You are asking to swap a different year and size and the changes between the two engines and years may be so much that you will have different fuel injection, sensors, ignition system, and the list goes on. There is a good probability that it may require you to swap entire harnesses and computer systems along with reprogramming computers and modules.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car runs rough until warm, and then runs fine.

I would have a technician inspect your rough idle. He will probably also check for codes on the computer. It may be the air temperature sensor malfunctioning if it idles rough only when it's cold. You may be able to...

Q: 2005 Saturn L300 hard to start

Hi. It seems to me that your EGR valve and EVAP need to be replaced. The car is hard to start because the pressure in the system is not correct in order for the engine to run efficiently. I would...

Q: I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab it will start when the engine is cold but when the engine is warm it won't start I have to w

Hi there. When you can't start a vehicle when it's hot, the most common sources are the fuel pump, spark plugs, cap + rotor, coil, fuel filter, starter, battery cable, or a wiring harness fault. Since so many different systems...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.