Hi fellow Dodge owners, I got an issue here, figured I'd check in with yall first insted of having the truck towed to the shop!?
Heres the deal; Bought the truck (96 1500 2wd reg cab long bed 318 auto 4 sp 245000 mi (maybe rebuilt)), drove it all last winter, ran great and i love it, end of this summer suddenly had a hesitation problem, not a real big deal just loss of power and the occasional backfire. Read the codes (OBD 1) found bad tps, replaced, problem persisted but not as bad... SO, figured I would do basic tune up - plugs, wires, cap, rotor AND I removed the throttle body and cleaned it ( only cuz i found a thread on here showing step-by-step how to do it) Great post by the way.
On hopes of eliminating the hesitation problem - put it all back together. Will not start, I've done everything I know to do - to the point of rotating the engine by hand to make sure the timing was right #1 on tdc rotor pointing to #1 on dist. ect..... Cranks over but sounds like the timing is off?? And smells like gas? Occasionally backfires thru the throttle body?
Im totally at a loss and cant see paying a mechanic to fix it when its probly something simple that I did. Im not THAT familiar with Dodge but have always bune my own vehicle repairs with sucess. Sorry this is so long and ANY responce would be GREATLY appriciated!!! Thank you all for your time - This is a great and VERY helpful site!