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Old 08-22-2009, 10:21 PM
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Hello, I just signed up on here today after looking around for some help with an issue that I have had for a while with my 96 RAM 1500 5.2 L Y series engine/ non- EGR Canadian model.

I had a blown plenum gasket and, after changing some stuff- it was running perfectly until a few days of testing.

History:

Previous problem: Rough idle and lack of power.

Previous diagnosis: blown plenum- (vacuum was present at PCV) it was the OEM kegger that was on there prior.

What was done:
  1. New Hughes FI airgap intake
  2. All new Acell injectors
  3. New F&B TB
  4. New Oil sending unit
  5. New Acell cap and rotor
  6. New MSD ignition 8.5MM wire set
  7. MSD coil pack
  8. New Pulstar plugs- trial test period only (normally I run NGK)
  9. New Hughes timing chain kit
  10. New water pump
  11. new oil pump
  12. IAC
  13. TPS
  14. MAP
  15. ASD relay
  16. PCV and oil breather



    Results:

    The truck was running perfect. For two days of testing and freeway driving, it was fine. The idle was fine, the feel was fine etc but, today, it changed.

    I took it for a longer ride uphill most of the way. It lacked power going uphills and, on the way home, it felt funny while driving. Sluggish / low power and unsteady in the feel. Jumpy feeling or choppy feel to it.

    I got off the freeway and sure enough, the idle is rough again- just like it was before when the plenum was leaking.

    I am going to remove the injectors and look for damaged o-rings that may be leaking first.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for where to start looking?










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I do not have any answers for you but if you are patient others here will be able to help you out. Weekends are a little slow! We are happy to have you here and I hope you enjoy the board!
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:47 PM
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Thanks for the reply and all. This has been a let down. I know I will figure it out. It's just frustrating to say the least. Tomorrow I am going to test for a intake manifold gasket leak and then onto checking all my new injector o-rings for damage. I did damage two so, there may be more. I also found my fuel rails to be loaded with rust prior to installing the new injectors so, they may need to be recleaned or replaced altogether.

After that, all vac lines are to be removed and inspected 100%. All check valves are to be replaced as well. There is one component that I don't know what it is called and that is the component that has two vac lines coming off of it. I think it is called the purge solenoid. It resides on the drivers side valve cover in the rear. It also has an electrical connector as well. That has never been replaced. I think it's part of the gas evap system as the hoses go down into the large canister under the frame.

Weeks of work and still not right.

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I can imagine! But w really do have some great members here who will be able to offer up some help. It has been extra slow around here today, must be great weather all around out there!
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When that happened, did your truck have the same symptoms as mine? Mine feels like it's running a bad plug, bad timing, or clogged fuel injector/s.
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Welcome to RamForumZ!!! Would any kind of buildup around the throttle body cause this?
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Welcome to RamForumZ!!! Would any kind of buildup around the throttle body cause this?
No, not really. This is all new install since last week. Everything is new from the F&B TB to the Intake. It's all new and clean.

After reading about what someone had stated about clogged CATs- that's exactly what it sounds like. I just read that a clogged CAT will create a poor idle, low power, surging or bucking- all of which I had experienced. They also stated that it can be intermittent as well.

I am going to start looking for a new CAT today- something that is high flow and a new muffler as both are shot. In fact, I just want to get out the sawzall and cut them both right off and run it wide open to see how it idles as a start.
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