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[Solved] Hemi Tick


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Hey Question Scotty, or anyone who knows about the Hemi Tick. I’ve asked already about my possible options on what truck to get and heard good opinions. But always hearing about the Hemi Tick freaks me out. I would a lot rather get a v8 Ram 1500 Hemi, but my other options for trucks are a lot smaller trucks or nothing big. Is the Hemi worth getting and what years of the 4th Generation of Rams is best to get?

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Biggest tips for a 5.7 HEMI

1. Don’t idle for long periods of time. 

2. Change oil every 3-5000 mi (personally I’d stick to the 3k OCI). 

3. Spark plug changes between 60-80,000 mi. 

The 5.7 itself is actually a pretty good motor and has proven itself. Plenty go over the 300,000 mi mark. What gets you is the crap wrapped around it. If you want to learn everything about the 5.7 go to

Awesome, thank you!!!


Careful.  A lot of the newer Hemis have extremely poorly made roller lifters that go bad and eat up the cam. 

Yup. I believe the cam & lifters get a lack of lubrication at idle, causing the lifter to go bad & basically stop rolling on the cam & start digging into it instead.


Scotty's discussed this one a few times in his videos. I believe the last time was when a customer brought a Hemi Charger to his house in Houston with chattering valves. That car had 140k+ on it, if I remember right, and it was most certainly abused, given the platform it was in. 

He mentions the biggest issue with those engines is the fact that they put the cam too far away from the crankshaft to fully deliver oil to the top of the engine at idle, so prolonged idling will cause premature wear, which @USAFdozerpilot is alluding to. 

Personally, I don't understand why they don't check for something like proper lubrication on an engine at Dodge, especially their flagship Hemi engine. You have no engine without lubrication, but being that it's owned by Stellantis now, I'm not surprised. A slightly more powerful pump would've probably fixed the issue in development. Planned obsolescence at its finest. 

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