I have a Dodge Ram 1500 1999 V8 with 5.2L engine. It's not my main vehicle, I use it mostly for work and doing house renovation & garnening.
I noticed a few weeks ago some issues when pressing the gas pedal, sometimes it wouldnt go.
Initially it was very slightly and wasnt really affecting my driving, but a few days ago, it would hardly go. Basically when pressing very slightly it seemed ok, but if you just pressed just a bit more then it wouldn't take it's gas.
I almost got stuck today, it wouldn't take it's gas and on top of that I could hear like a few small popping sound from the engine (sounded like small detonation) or something. I put the 4 flashers and release the gas on the right lane, few seconds after I pressed very lightly just to get it going then it seemed ok and I made it home.
I had the truck for about a year and half now, I didnt have any of those issues initially, it pretty much started in the past few months.
I was told it could be because the fuel filter might be clogged, or possibly the spark plugs. (The wires and cap were just changed by the previous owner).
I just put in a new battery today and also added a fuel treatment kit in the gas tank hoping it would help cleaning the fuel system. However the problem still persist.
I would really appreciate your advices regarding this. I am not quite sure how I should tackle this. I looked around for the gas filter, but I couldnt find it anywhere, (usually they are under the driver side runner panel on most truck).
Someone mentioned the gas filter might be in-tank only, is that right for the 99? Or if you have any other idea of the issues, that would be great.
Not willing to bring it to a shop and spend a lot on it, hopefully it's something I can fix in the driveway