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Hi everyone, i have a 01 ram 1500 4x4. I was out plowing snow today and the trans temp light came on in dash, i raised plow and continued to drive truck slowly (5 mph) to cool tranny so i thought. After about 60 seconds to truck abruptly shut itself down and will not start again, the engine cranks but not go...
It almost seems like it is a fuel prob, i dont smell fuel after cranking and the pump doesnt seem like it cycles with the key, fraction of a second maybe. Is there something that could cause a fuel issue after tranny overheating or is this a total coinsidance? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Oh i did swap fuel pump and asd relays and no change

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:59 PM
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Hi everyone, i have a 01 ram 1500 4x4. I was out plowing snow today and the trans temp light came on in dash, i raised plow and continued to drive truck slowly (5 mph) to cool tranny so i thought. After about 60 seconds to truck abruptly shut itself down and will not start again, the engine cranks but not go...
It almost seems like it is a fuel prob, i dont smell fuel after cranking and the pump doesnt seem like it cycles with the key, fraction of a second maybe. Is there something that could cause a fuel issue after tranny overheating or is this a total coinsidance? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Oh i did swap fuel pump and asd relays and no change
wow, that is some situation you are having.... i don't really have an idea myself of what the problem may be in your case, but i would start out with doing a fuel pressure test to well make sure it isn't related to fuel.
are you throwing any codes or anything? i am wondering if maybe your computer died... or maybe a short somewhere or something. it is just odd that it would just up and die like that, certainly fuel pump issue would do it or hect busted fuel line, but you say you don't smell any fuel so there goes that theory.
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I have 2 codes showing 0031 and 0443
But they have been showing for a while now, will check on fuel tomorrow.
Could the tranny get hot enough to melt any wiring close or touching it causing an asd?
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I have 2 codes showing 0031 and 0443
But they have been showing for a while now, will check on fuel tomorrow.
Could the tranny get hot enough to melt any wiring close or touching it causing an asd?
Well anything is possible, but those wires are designed to withstand a good amount of heat for a substantial amount of time as per US Safety Standards. Only way to find out is to grab a flash light and see if there is any melted wires, also check for corrosion because you say you use it to plow so many some rock salt mixed and corroded some plugs, like I said anything is possible.
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Well checked for spark today, i have spark butter it is very orange, i tried pouring gas down the intake and it doesnt even try to catch, i do hear the pump engage, picking up a coil today to rule that out... Any other suggestions? I recently redid all the grounds and added extra as well all main grounds anyway
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An oragne spark is a weak spark that won't fire the air/fuel mixture. The spark should be blue. Start by checking the condition of the plugs, cap, rotor, wires and ignition coil. Any corrosion in these terminals can cause high resistance and a poor spark.
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I recently did the whole tune up including crank sensor and cam sensor, the coil is in rough shape, replacing that today.
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I recently did the whole tune up including crank sensor and cam sensor, the coil is in rough shape, replacing that today.
I agree with RamTech, orange spark means weak. When checking for corrosion pay particular attention to corrosion around the terminals inside and around the distributor cap, but especially on the coil, water has a tendency to fling up all over the ignition coil, if no corrosion then you probably just have a weak coil.
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Well wasnt that the biggest coinsidence ever, totally non related to overheating
It was the coil, i did have lots of spark but it was very orange, put new one on and fired right up. Thanks for all the help
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Well wasnt that the biggest coinsidence ever, totally non related to overheating
It was the coil, i did have lots of spark but it was very orange, put new one on and fired right up. Thanks for all the help
Well what do you know! Glad you fixed it, I had a feeling it was a weak coil, one of those gut feelings ya know.
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