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Old 12-04-2008, 12:12 PM
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hi there, im new to this site... heres my problem, i hope yall can help. Alrighty well i am having troubles with my truck, it seems to be missing and runs rough.. plugs, wires, distributer cap, and rotor are all brand new and it still doesnt run right.. Plugs are gapped correctly. the truck seems to idol fine but when im in low rpms, it shakes as though it has a cam in it but smooths out as the rpms are higher. I dont know much about dodge pickups so i thought ide pass it on to you guys.

it all started out when i was on my way, moving to south dakota. i had a snowmobile trailer i was pulling filled with my stuff, plus the bed of the truck was full. a few hours into the trip it was like my 5th gear was going out... like i was losing power. so i ended up driving in 4th the last 5 hours off the drive. my check engine light turned on right as i drove into the parking lot of the apartments. but has not gone on sense. now there is something just not right with the truck and i cant figure it out...

its a 1995 dodge ram 1500. 5 speed with a 360 5.9 liter engine
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I wouldn't worry too much about the check engine light coming on during the move. You didn't say where you were moving from, but if you went through some elevation changes and/or used the AC off and on, you could get a "soft" engine code that goes away. I think there was as service bulletin about this but I can't find it right now. If the light hasn't come on since then, you shouldn't have a hard code going on.

As far as the miss, I would say to check the fuel filter but it is a pain on our trucks as the filter is in the fuel tank (I think your 95 is like that too.) Instead of dropping the gas tank, you might be able to tell something with a fuel pressure guage.

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IAT sensor, EGR, O2 Sensor, Air Filter, - - - - - - -BUT, it sounds to me like the truck could be pulling timing? OR compression is down on a few cylinders. That is why lugging in 5th was not good enough for the weight you were pulling and 4th keeps the RPM's high enough. I did this on a 95 dakota with a 5spd. I lugged the engine going over a mountain with a boat in tow and blew a piston ring. Loss compression on a cylinder that then started drinking oil. Traded that thing in soon after.
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:37 PM
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well i am from from the twin cities (minnesota) and i moved to rapid city so there is a elevation change.... thanks for the advise guys. if any one can think of anything else it might be please let me know... thanks again everyone
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:52 PM
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I had a friend that had the same problem with his 95 and ended up be a combo of the IAT sensor, MAP sensor, and dist. gear. I would check the sensors which if you call your local dealer and talk to a tech (if you dont get a *******) he can tell you how to test the sensor to see if they are good or bad. If you cant get no info just get back with me and I will check on Alldata at my school I go to (Nascar Tech) and let you know.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:21 AM
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well i found out what the poblem is guys... i have burnt up valves. i have low compression in cylinder 6 and absolutly no compression in cylinder 8. looks like if i have soemone fix it its going to be about a grand to fix...
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Wow, sorry to hear that. Hope you get it fixed better than new. Much luck to you.
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