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Old 06-22-2013, 08:46 AM
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Anybody know why my truck just stalls for no reason. Ram service department is telling me it is because I use low grade gas. Manual recommends mid grade or higher. They have had my truck for three days and this is what I am being told passed down by Chrysler to their service manager. If this is true what in the hell they just document in their operator's manual. This is my first ram and only had it for two months less than 2000 miles on it and this is my first truck. I will be driving and pressing on the gas pedal and out of nowhere no power .... It just seems to not be getting gas. Now I'm second guessing myself and should have got a ford 1500. Anyone else having the same issue?
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:57 AM
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AS long as you're not putting e85 or e20 into it, then you can run 87 with no issues, that's a BS excuse by the dealership. If it's actually stalling then there is a bigger issue. Have you had any code or a CEL?
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:59 AM
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I use 87 octane and don't have that problem. Try some higher grade fuel and see what happens. Seems like Chrysler is feeding you some bs
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Yea sounds like bs.....unless you are using diesel maybe haha....but really lower octane might give pinging or something....but stalling is some other issue.
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Intermittent issues are hard to diagnose, even for a master tech. Run some higher grade fuel and maybe even run a fuel additive like Lucas fuel treatment. It is possible you have bad fuel, I do not think it is your issue personally but give it a try. Stay away from el cheapo gas stations and try to stick to reputable places. See what happens, then if it is still trouble go back and call BS to the service manager (politely). I am betting on the DBW pedal or the software. I had some work done on my 200 and the tech forgot to install the software update and it gave me fits. The master tech at the dealer found and fixed it and it has been perfect. This is just an opinion. In the mean time be careful
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I would maybe try another dealer. It is possible you got some bad gas but that is not a common thing. Try a different gas station just for the heck of it. If it doesnt improve I would take it in again.
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[QUOTE=Chethall2;1131886]Manual recommends mid grade or higher.[QUOTE]

This is incorrect. I am looking at my manual right now and it says for the 5.7L hemi: 89 octane recommended, 87 octane acceptable. Furthermore, I use 87 in my truck and it has had absolutely no problems. My dad has over 50k miles on his '09 and has had no problems running 87 either. I would recommend you find a dealer with a better service department
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On page 521 of your Owners Manual
FUEL REQUIREMENTS

it even tells about what may VOID your warranty, as far the fuel type
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Here it is in more detail from the manual of my dad's '09:

The 5.7L engine is designed to meet all
emissions regulations and provide satisfactory
fuel economy and performance when
using high quality unleaded gasoline having
an octane range of 87 to 89. The manufacturer
recommends the use of 89 octane
for optimum performance. The use of premium gasoline
is not recommended, as it will not provide any benefit
over regular gasoline in these engines.
Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to
your engine. However, continued heavy spark knock at
high speeds can cause damage and immediate service is
required. Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such
as hard starting, stalling, and hesitations. If you experience
these symptoms, try another brand of gasoline
before considering service for the vehicle
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Originally Posted by Thunderhorse View Post
Here it is in more detail from the manual of my dad's '09:

The 5.7L engine is designed to meet all
emissions regulations and provide satisfactory
fuel economy and performance when
using high quality unleaded gasoline having
an octane range of 87 to 89. The manufacturer
recommends the use of 89 octane
for optimum performance. The use of premium gasoline
is not recommended, as it will not provide any benefit
over regular gasoline in these engines.
Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to
your engine. However, continued heavy spark knock at
high speeds can cause damage and immediate service is
required. Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such
as hard starting, stalling, and hesitations. If you experience
these symptoms, try another brand of gasoline
before considering service for the vehicle
Sure wish they would define "optimal performance"

But as it mentions try another brand of gas as stalling could be because of fuel.
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