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Old 01-30-2012, 08:47 PM
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Ok here it goes I'll try to explain my problem..97 dodge ram with a 5.2 as I live in the far north the weather here is any where from -25 to -40 some days.
I have my truck plugged in with a block heater and a battery warmer it starts as soon as I turn the key, and if I let my truck warm up lets say for 15 mins or more matter of fact even if I let it warm up longer it will still stall when I put it in Reverse or even Drive.... now if I don't let it warm up I can put it in drive or reverse and It won't stall it works good.So I am not sure where to look for the problems and when it did stall i never had and CEL lights come on at all

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Do you have any engine mods?? I had a 97 and it stalled every time I put it in reverse and my mechanic told me it was because of the CAI I had and that i needed a new gas cap....... it just stopped doing it one day and never did again and I've sold the truck and talked to the new owner and he hasn't had the problem, so maybe you'll get lucky too!
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No Mods all original..
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I don't know , but I do know that once my TPS (throttle position sensor ) was unplugged, and the eng would die each and every time the trans was put in gear. The TPS is on the drivers side of the intake, near the throttle plates, but on the outside. The plug has 3 wires and there should be a lock clip, but mine is broken, thus the fall off thing... I would unplug it anyway, and replug it in, or even just wiggle it, particularly if your transmission likes to run in OD, and shift funny. Tps has a lot to do with how it shifts, and via the ecu, I think, has a lot to do with idle speed, such as when the trans is placed in gear, AC compressor clutches kick in, etc... It should throw a code if it is totally roasted, but I don't know if it necessarily would trip the CEL. A code reader may be in order for you, but if you looked around on this site awhile, it has been said that you can read codes thru the odometer if you do it right, get a reader eraser is a good long term handy thing to have, as well as a fuel pressure gauge with a hose on it that you can stick under a wiper and read while driving. It should come with a coupler that connects to the fuel rail. Between those two items, you're pretty well armed to tackle malfunctions.
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Does any body else have any more ideas about what I should look for?
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RamFan told me about a sensor for detecting ambient air temp located behind the alternator, screwed to the intake manifold, that sure sounds like the likely culprit.Bad input to ecu, bad output from the ecu
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yes I changed the TPS and it still does it and i checked the wires and all are good that connect on to it tps that is......... I am not sure what sensor you mean screamintrashcan behind the alt. connected to the intake manifold i check tht out tommorow but would you have any diagrams or pics
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Its in the air intake rail that goes to cylinder 2 or 1 I can't remember whats odd bank. But still behind the alt it has 2 wires I think. But it along with coolent temp and iac are whats in charge of high idle warm up duty. Also check iac its at back of throttle body there's a plunger that should slide out when key is turned on. Remove it from tb take note of plunger position turn key on see if it moves also check for carbon. (they gum up easy)
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