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Old 04-19-2010, 11:15 PM
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My check engine light came on. I just bought this truck used and it has 79,000 miles on it. I had it checked before I bought it. My husband took it to the dealer and they told him it needs a fuel injection system. I plan to get a second opinion. However, why is it not running badly if it needs this? Should I admit to the second opinion person what the first garage said?
This is an expensive repair and of course I do not want to get swindled!!
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Hello and welcome to the Forumz. I am sorry that you are encountering an issue with your newly purchased truck. I don't know anywhere near what I should to advise someone with mechanical issues. My best advice, hang tight and someone will usually chime in who is far more knowledgable in this area. Take care and best of luck.
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Welcome to the forum. I too do not have an answer for you but I would wait to see what the 2nd place says, just to see.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:27 PM
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Hello and welcome to the Forumz. I am sorry that you are encountering an issue with your newly purchased truck. I don't know anywhere near what I should to advise someone with mechanical issues. My best advice, hang tight and someone will usually chime in who is far more knowledgable in this area. Take care and best of luck.
Thanks for the welcome. Other then these problems...I love my truck!!!!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:29 PM
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I will get the second opinion soon I hope...
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I would try and take it to a place that specializes in diesels.
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Welcome to the Z! Do you have the codes that they pulled when the CEL came on? Also, if it's an injection issue, you should be quick about getting that second opinion, if you have a stuck injector you can flood the cylinder, and begin to hydraulic the piston/connecting rod which will bend the rod and cause serious damage to the cylinder sleeve. Now, if it's a low fuel pressure issue, then a new pump (time for a CP3 ) will fix this. As for it not acting up, if you have one bad injector, then you won't notice much as there's enough torque in the motor to keep working even if you've bent a rod.

Get the second opinion, but don't tell them about the 1st until after, don't want to bias their diagnosis.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:53 PM
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Thanks,
I turned it around 3 miles from home and it went IMMEDIATELY to the garage. I should emphasize that they said it needs an injection pump not an injection system. Is that still something that can ruin the engine?
I am anxious to do the correct repair...just not more then it needs.
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If it's the injector pump, then it's not as bad as I thought. It'll mean you're running lean and the CEL was most likely low fuel rail pressure. It won't ruin the engine, but you're definately not getting enough fuel then. Now, as a modder of note, I would upgrade the fuel pump to a CP3 belt compressor, but in all reality, getting an OEM should get you up and running again. I'd still get a second opinon just to be sure, but it's less of a panic if they said specifically it was the injection pump.
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I picked it up from the Dodge dealer. Paid the diagnostic fee and brought it home. The light was on all the way home. I restarted it a couple of hours later and the indicator lights came on like they all do when you first start up. Than, they all went down including the malfunction light. I took it to another mechanic that we use for our regular vehicles because he offered to hook up the computer and see what was going on. The code that came up was PO216. Which is the code that the Dodge dealer read. However, there are several things to be checked under that code. As I mentioned before my truck had no symptoms and was running smoothly. Another Dodge truck owner said he had replaced his lift pump when it had symptoms that felt like running out of fuel. I have no symptoms. He also said his light never came on he just had the symptoms. The mechanic recommended a wait and see approach and said that the computer shows malfunction after detecting something 4 or 5 times. If the computer stops detecting about the same number of times it resets and the light goes off. I am taking the wait and see since there is no change in performance and so we continue to purr down the road and all is well for now.
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