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Old 07-18-2012, 10:19 PM
Csmeltzer Csmeltzer is offline
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Vehicle: 98 dodge ram 5.9 magnum
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Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
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I have a 98 dodge ram 5.9l (360). It feels like it has been losing power and that has been causing it to shift and odd times. Sometimes I'll go to start it up in the morning and it will crank over and over and never even sputter so i let off the key for just a sec. And it starts right up just like it doesnt have initial fuel pressure. Then once in a blue moon it'll start go for a min or two then drop to roughly 200rmps (hardly running) and is completely unresponsive until its shut off and restarted. It doesnt have a check engine light and 163000 miles on it. I recently did a tune up with plugs, wires, air filter, and a fuel pump in attempt to fix this problem. I dont even where to start looking at this point. Please help
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:23 PM
Screamintrashcan Screamintrashcan is offline
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Get ahold of a fuel rail pressure gauge, connect it to the port on the fuel rail, stick the gauge in view, beneath a wiper, and go for a drive. if there's even 1 glitch in the pressure, and it should be steady at above 35 and below 40 psi, you will need a fuel pump and sock assy. there is no filter, so we won't go there. also, there's a plug in on the left side of the air intake neck on the manifold, with 3 wires on it, i think, and it's known as the tpc, or throttle position sensor, it has a lot to do with the way the tranny shifts, make certain it's fully plugged in. My 2 cents, good luck!
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