2001 Dodge Ram

Check engine light came on. Code indicated a " slight" vacuum leak. Searching internet recommended changing the gas cap as the first step.

Purchased new cap from dealer and reset MIL. The light came back on a few days later. In addition, while driving down the highway, there was periodic " pop" from under the hood or under the dash. It sounded like a relief valve or something. However, we also noticed that everytime the noise happened, the AC would blow hot air for a few seconds, then it would cool off again. This " pop" was not continuous, but periodic, about every 15-20 minutes.

Any suggestions on " where" to start the search for vauum leak? What is the best method for locating such a leak?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
March 5, 2007.

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