You're welcome bud, that's what we're here for. I'm not aware of any ground issues that are any more common in 3rd gens than any other but I am familiar with the tap the starter trick lol, used to keep a hammer on the floorboard of my Jeep just for that purpose until I could replace my starter. Most auto parts stores, we can test the starter on the vehicle or put it on the machine and bench test it in the store but sounds like it may be time to replace it. Glad to help so if you need anything else, feel free to hit me up.
Hey Cajun thanks for the advice, I havent looked into vacuum leaks yet. What I have done though was checked all the grounds and am putting new plugs and possibly another 02 sensor in tomorrow. And to ad to the headache the starter is acting up like it is bad. Tap on the starter and it will start, but when I was going over the grounds I jumpered a direct ground to the starter body and it works as it should. Next step there is gonna be remove it and clean the starter and block. Do the 3rd gen trucks have ground issues that you know of? Thanks for the info I really apprieciate it, hopefully Ill be able to return the favor.
Hey there Dave. P0171 is bank 1 system lean. It could be something as simple as unplugging the sensor and plugging it back in to the sensor actually being faulty and needing replaced. A fuel injector problem or vacuum leak could throw that code as well. You probably are getting good fuel pressure but still getting too much air in bank 1 so I'd check the connections to the sensor, check for vacuum leaks or a bad fuel injector. Could also be MAF sensor or intake tube cracked or loose.
Hello and thanks for the warm welcome, and help is what I need. My 02 Ram is having some electrical issues with the precat 02 sensor. The only code I get is a Po171 and I have replaced the map sensor, and have good fuel pressure. Do you think it could be a ground issue or something more severe? Thanks for any help. Dave