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Old 06-23-2014, 01:09 PM
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Default 01 Ram died, got me stumped

Pulled up to a stop sign on Thursday and it just started stumbling then died. Would not crank back up. So I pushed it out of the road and hiked back to the house.

Went back later with a buddy to try to get it fired up. I was thinking Fuel pump.

It has 45psi at the rail so it's getting fuel.

So far I've changed

- Crank POS sensor
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- Distributor pick up sensor
- Ignition Coil

Has 12V at the coil and also getting signal from the ECU although the bulb on my test light was only barely flickering during that test.

Tested the TPS just to make sure and it's good.

I'm completely stumped and frustrated at this point.

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Old 06-23-2014, 01:13 PM
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Check all your grounds first. Next put a scan tool on her, check codes.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:16 PM
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I read somewhere that turning the key on/off 3 cycles will make it display codes on the dash. Is that correct?
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:50 AM
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I didn't mess with it much last night but I did do the 3 times on/off with the key and it popped up P0123 and P0351 which I think are both related to me having the plugs off to test signal to those sensors.
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Run a temporary ground from the engine to the body with the negative side of a pair of jumper cables to see what happens. It sounds like you may have lost the ground from the engine to the body.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:12 PM
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Run a temporary ground from the engine to the body with the negative side of a pair of jumper cables to see what happens. It sounds like you may have lost the ground from the engine to the body.
I'll give that a shot. i know there's continuity between the frame and the block but I'll see if it's a body ground.

I was reading up on the P0351 code and it seems to typically point to a bad PCM.
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Sounds to me like an intermittent fuel pump. To verify, you would need to stick the necessary gauge beneath a wiper, and observe. generally speaking, thumping the fuel tank with a blunt object will temporarily fix this issue. You need dead solid 35 PSI or a little more. Dead solid under all operating conditions is critical. If it is not currently start'able, it may well be flooded, clear the engine by holding it to the rugs while cranking, this is known as clear engine procedure. Of course, this only works if you are getting full throttle at the pedal, which most of these trucks do not attain, wear & tear leaves most of us with considerably less than full throttle at the pedal, something a good ziptie placed properly, can fix.

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Sounds to me like an intermittent fuel pump. To verify, you would need to stick the necessary gauge beneath a wiper, and observe. generally speaking, thumping the fuel tank with a blunt object will temporarily fix this issue. You need dead solid 35 PSI or a little more. Dead solid under all operating conditions is critical.

I agree...to a certain extent. The P0350 is an electrical issue in my past experience. Taking that into consideration it never hurts to have someone tap on the tank while the OP is cranking it to see it it fires.
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Just outta curiosity, how old is your battery? Wouldn't hurt to have it checked.
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Try to find a quality engine scanner. Scan for problems. Do you have "communication "or "bus" problem? That is a great clue that the computer took a shit. If this proves true, I had a good experience with AMS. Auto Module Source. Their replacement fixed my issues of "no com with bus". And at a better price than others.
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