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Old 12-04-2010, 11:35 PM
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Ok guys I'm relying on your expertise since I'm new to Dodge. I was driving down the road tonight when all of a sudden my truck just died. (Not the battery cables-checked that) The oil light came on but I had just checked the oil and it was full. Then a within a couple minutes all the lights started to dim but the battery still has enough power to turn the engine over but it wont keep running...So I've narrowed it down to possibly the alternator or fuel pump. Please don't tell me it sounds like the fuel pump...and if so how hard would it be to change that out? BTW I'm driving a 1997 Ram 1500 5.2L V8.

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What i have experienced with the alternator is some type of noise coming from it which usually warns u "hey man i am bout to go out", on the other hand the fuel pump gave me no warning just left me on the side of the road killing my battery trying to turn it over. Fuel pump install is not hard if you don't have a full tank of gas, difficulty level 3. ask a friend to give you a hand to help you drop the tank, or a jack and a 2 x 4.
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So the fuel pump just up and died all of a sudden? No warning? I'm assuming it's located in the tank then?
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yes in the tank, and the filter is attached to the bottom of the fuel pump.
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So the fuel pump just up and died all of a sudden? No warning? I'm assuming it's located in the tank then?
yes in the tank.

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yes in the tank, and the filter is attached to the bottom of the fuel pump.
yes. and yes.

i did a replacement fuel pump job on my old 96 and it wasn't too bad. we took the bed off in lieu of me having a full tank at the time...only bad part was between three guys, the bed was still heavy as shit! hahaha. but other than getting the bed off, it wasn't bad. if you have the chance, ie empty tank, you might want to consider dropping the tank and doing it that way, but, that's up to you. I guess if you got a lift handy you get lift the bed off for yah.

my truck would struggle at idle to stay running, and when it was shut off after running, it would take a little cranking before it would actually turnover. hope this helps!!
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Ok that sucks...I REALLY hope it's not the fuel pump. Especially how cold it's been here.
One other question though-my truck has enough power to start but does not continue to run, (sounds like it could be the fuel pump, right)?...but at the same time all my lights are really dim like the battery is dead. Sound more like the alternator?
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Ok that sucks...I REALLY hope it's not the fuel pump. Especially how cold it's been here.
One other question though-my truck has enough power to start but does not continue to run, (sounds like it could be the fuel pump, right)?...but at the same time all my lights are really dim like the battery is dead. Sound more like the alternator?
I had the same issue on my outback. It started, ran for a about 20 seconds then died after I did some work on it. I realized I had disconnected one of the air hoses, unsure which one it was. I'd check all the air hoses and make sure nothing is loose or disconnected.
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