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Zimpete 04-30-2013 10:53 PM

If you can solve this problem you are a genious
99Ram 2500 v10
This is the scenario:
I start the truck and let it idle for 20 seconds, drive 4 blocks through town then down the highway. I get almost 2 miles down the highway and suddenly the truck looses power, starts to miss and may even try to backfire through the intake. If I accelerate nothing happens until the foot pedal is on the floor then suddenly the truck takes off like a rocket but still running rough. It will do this for about 1 minute then clear up and run great. I sometimes pull over and let it idle out of the problem.

It happens every day, the exact same place on the highway. If I let the truck idle in my driveway after about 3 minutes it will idle rough for about 2 minutes.

If I drive a distance and shut the truck off for a few minutes the whole cycle happens again.

New intake air temp sensor, MAP sensor and had the computer tested by Cardone, they found no issues but flashed and sent back.

I am at wits end with this.

Chris b 04-30-2013 11:51 PM

Check the fuel filter? How's the fuel pump?

Zimpete 05-01-2013 12:12 AM

Fuel pump replaced 6 months before the issue started, no external filter if I remember correctly.

45 psi at idle, goes to 45 once the key is turned on and stays there.

Chris b 05-01-2013 12:15 AM

How many miles is on the truck?

OutLore 05-01-2013 12:21 PM


Originally Posted by Zimpete (Post 1085751)
Fuel pump replaced 6 months before the issue started

:) Why was the fuel pump replaced - I'd start with the "new" fuel pump.

Zimpete 05-01-2013 10:15 PM

Truck has 98000 miles and the fuel pump was replaced because it would not start one day. I hit the tank with a rubber hammer and the pump kicked in, I replaced the pump the next day.

I double checked the fuel pressure tonight and it is 50psi. There is no way it's the fuel pump, they either work or they don't and this one has good pressure.

Also, my truck has had this problem for 3 years! I drive the truck so little I have never really worried about it but now I want to get it fixed.

A little history on the truck:
I bought it in 2001 with 50000 miles. It has 36" BFG mud terrains, ARB air lockers front and rear, throttle body spacer and 3" lift. 5 years ago I broke off a rocker arm stud and then had the heads rebuilt. 4 years ago I lost oil pressure while driving. Shop took the pan off and found sludge in the pan. They cleaned the motor and it was good to go. 3 years ago while pulling the boat off the lake the truck acted up for the first time and it has done it ever since.

tak1973 05-01-2013 10:26 PM

I'm not an expert by any means, but it sounds like there may be some problem as the computer switches from closed to open loop mode.

Might be obvious, but I'd suspect a problem with the O2 sensors.

ramjam 05-01-2013 11:09 PM

Catalytic Converters....?

Chris b 05-01-2013 11:13 PM

^^^^check the cats^^^^

snrusnak 05-01-2013 11:44 PM

I don't mean to sound like a dick but you need to start at the beginning...

Do you have any check engine lights? If so, what are the code(s)?

It seems like you may have an issue with one or more sensors or the computer.

When you start the truck it is in cold start fuel enrichment open loop mode. At this time it ignores many of the sensors and uses predetermined fuel and timing maps. Once warmed up it enters closed loop mode where it takes input from all the sensors. It sounds like you are having an issue at this transition.

You also mentioned it runs great at WOT(wide open throttle). This also falls in line with the above comment. When at WOT the computer enters another open loop mode, usually referred to as WOT open loop mode. Again, ignoring many sensors and using predetermined fuel and timing maps.

Without any other information, and if I had to take a stab at it I'd replace the upstream(closest to the engine) O2 sensors. Don't waste time with the downstream(post catalytic converter) sensors, they are purely for emissions and nothing else.

I'm not real familiar with the v10, what sensors it has(MAF vs MAP, etc). If you have a CEL that will tell all...

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