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Old 11-12-2010, 12:56 AM
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i am super new here but hope to stay awhile. just got a ram and already i am becoming paranoid of problems haha so yesterday the check engine light went on. nothing has changed on the truck since i got it, starts everytime, oil and radiator fluid are full. so my question is whats my next step? what is most likely the problem? the truck only has 101k miles so it should have plenty of life...i plan on doing a full tune up this weekend and reseting the light and just praying it stays off but any other help would be greatly appreciated

I read that you can turn the ignition ON, OFF, ON, OFF, ON and then the check engine light should blink 2 numbers?? i tried this a few times and did not get anything at all. i am just a little freaked out staring at that light everytime i drive hoping i am not destroying the engine by driving it! this is my first car that actually has these kind of warnings so any help at all would be great i am used to the old cars

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Old 11-12-2010, 12:57 AM
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btw it is a 1997 5.9L
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:06 AM
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What code(s) did it throw?
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Cycle the ignition switch several times then leave it on . It should flash the codes. There will be quick flashes then a pause fallowed by more flashes. For instance if it flashes once fallowed by a pause then flashes twice that's code 12. here's a website that explains the code meanings. http://dodgeram.info/Engine-Gas/OBDI/pcm_fault_code.htm
When it flashes a 5 fallowed by a 5 that means end of codes.
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If your truck is running normally, it's probably something like an EVAP code. Let us know the code and we'll see what we can do.
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thanks for the input so far guys. so today the check engine light was not on ...i found that kind of weird, but good anyway! i will keep you posted if things change..is this a common occurrence? the light going on and off that is
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it happens sometimes
maybe the old owner drove different than you do & it sensed a change, now its learning your driving style
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maybe the old owner drove different than you do & it sensed a change, now its learning your driving style
FAR OUT MAN!!!! Computers don't ''learn'', they execute pre-programmed operations that sensors trigger. Just like when you click on your mouse.

LMAO!!!!!

To the OP, Some OBD1 codes are stored and will NOT maintain the dummy light on. Do the key dance diag mode and give us the code you get. From there we can point you in the right direction. But I wouldn't worry too much if it didn't change your truck's drivability. Probably just an o2 sensor or something like that.
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FAR OUT MAN!!!! Computers don't ''learn'', they execute pre-programmed operations that sensors trigger. Just like when you click on your mouse.

LMAO!!!!!......
Well......
The newer trucks use adaptive programming. To really see how this works, remove the battery cables over night. Then in the morning connect them and start the truck.....it will run....different.....kinda crappy, but will sort itself out. As the adaptive programming collects more data, the truck will run better and better. Depending on how it's driven, will have an affect on a number of variables, like when it shifts, when it engages MDS, etc. It is 'learning' from the sensors, which include the 'requested throttle position sensor' (AKA Gas pedal) and the 'requested transmission gear selector' (AKA shifter).

Now, any of us that work with computers know that computers simply "run programs". But we also know that some programs are able to adapt to user by constantly evaluating the users input and running subroutines based on those inputs. A classic example of this is youtube. The list of videos displayed on the right side of the screen is the result of adaptive selection.

I don't think the OP's MIL lit as a result of the adaptive programming freaking out, but will not dismiss the ability of the truck to 'learn' a new driving style and adjusting itself accordingly.
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Well......
The newer trucks use adaptive programming. To really see how this works, remove the battery cables over night. Then in the morning connect them and start the truck.....it will run....different.....kinda crappy, but will sort itself out. As the adaptive programming collects more data, the truck will run better and better. Depending on how it's driven, will have an affect on a number of variables, like when it shifts, when it engages MDS, etc. It is 'learning' from the sensors, which include the 'requested throttle position sensor' (AKA Gas pedal) and the 'requested transmission gear selector' (AKA shifter).

Now, any of us that work with computers know that computers simply "run programs". But we also know that some programs are able to adapt to user by constantly evaluating the users input and running subroutines based on those inputs. A classic example of this is youtube. The list of videos displayed on the right side of the screen is the result of adaptive selection.

I don't think the OP's MIL lit as a result of the adaptive programming freaking out, but will not dismiss the ability of the truck to 'learn' a new driving style and adjusting itself accordingly.
Well said Brad !
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