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Old 12-02-2012, 11:06 AM
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Default Help- Just bought 01 5.2 1500, now won't start, stuck on street!

Hello all,

I just purchased a new to me 01 Ram 1500 4x4 with the off road package-
I got a good deal on it because it needed a waterpump- it was seeping. When I test drove it, it ran well.

I drove it home the 15 miles and while driving home, it started sputtering- I thought maybe it was low on fuel so I pulled off and put some in. (the engine temp was fine, and it wasn't leaking too much, not enough to raise the temp or to loose heat.)

I got it home, and started it once, and it was really hard to start- It took about 2 mins of cranking to get it running. It seemed as though when I would release the key from the cranking position it would fire a bit, (then stall) but wouldn't fire while actually cranking. The check engine light is not on, but I'll have to get my code reader to see if there are any codes.

Now, I have to move it off the street to my garage, (come Monday I have to switch sides or I get a ticket) and it won't start at all- I hate to have it towed, my garage is only a 1/2 mile away.

I thinking maybe the coolant temp sensor isn't making contact with coolant, Is there a way to just get it started? Once the waterpump is done I'm going to bleed the system, and I can do further diagnostics, I just need to get it off the street, and it's cold and raining here.

thanks for any help!
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