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Old 11-16-2010, 08:47 PM
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Hey all, thanks in advance for any help!!
I searched the forum and could not find much similar to my situation.

About a month a go my '02 1500 w/ 5.9 (105,000 miles) went from "instantly starting right when I hit the key", to a 3 second crank and then a 2nd 1-3 second crank to start. If I turn the ignition on for a few seconds, back off then ignition on for a few seconds it would start right away. I did it that way for a few weeks, now it doesn't seem to help.

The weird thing is if I drive to the store and jump back in the truck after 15 minutes or so...it starts 1st time no problem.

A guy at work has an '04 Ram 1500 that he says has been doing the same thing to him for about a year now.

Someone at the quik lube said that Dodge's will do this at around 100K to tell you it's time to change the fuel pump.

Just wondering if anyone can verify this info, I'm trying to save money every chance I get. Thanks alot!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:24 PM
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My '01 has been doing this for years . I've never taken the time to check it out . If I were you , hook up a fuel pressure guage and monitor it the next time it does this to ya . It could be the start of a bad pump , but then again it could be a ignition issue also . Your gonna need to do some work to help pinpoint the problem .
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Today we hooked up a fuel pressure gauge to the fuel rail, turned key on and pressure only came up to about half of what it should, and slowly at that. Key off then on again, pressure came up to around 40 psi. turned motor on pressure stayed stable. Engine off and pressure slowly decreases.

From the video I watched on youtube, this is a pretty good indication I need a new fuel pump. I will order one from Rockauto.com, (pretty affordable), install it and let you know what happens....
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quick note, before this problem my fuel gauge started reading "empty" randomly when i went to start it. The level indicator is part of the fuel pump inside the tank...
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I replaced fuel pump yesterday, everything is great now! I think i'd rather pull the bed off instead of dropping the tank like I did.
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Good thread. Mine has been displaying the same symptoms for a few months now. You saved me a lot of "head scratching" time. I appreciate it and will look in to the fuel pump first. When I get around to it.
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dont trust the readings from a fuel pressure test as mine read good parked in the driveway but when i hit the road it read lower in the 20 psi and even hit as low as 16 psi. just change the pump as yes this is a common issue and with a new pump it will come alive , your power will return and even gas mileage,
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dont trust the readings from a fuel pressure test as mine read good parked in the driveway but when i hit the road it read lower in the 20 psi and even hit as low as 16 psi. just change the pump as yes this is a common issue and with a new pump it will come alive , your power will return and even gas mileage,

Not trusting these readings makes zero sense. The readings are cofirming that the pump is indeed bad.
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