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Old 04-17-2013, 09:25 PM
Gen1dak Gen1dak is offline
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Vehicle: 1990 RamCharger
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Engine: 1988-1991 318ci (5.2L) LA V8 140hp
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Ignition timing is too hot (too far advanced). Loosen (just loosen, no need to remove) the distributor hold-down bolt and give the distributor a slight twist clockwise. Snug it back down and re-test. If it improves you're on the right track. Aside from that, it should be able to run on battery without the alternator. Had that battery tested?

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