I bought a 1990 Dodge Dakota 2.5 liter man trans 2w/d from a dirt bag off Craigslist, using what was left of my college scholarship money. I have no help and no funds. The fuel pump and filter are not in the fuel tank they are mounted under p/u and I was having minor trouble with hoses crimping and when uncrimped it seemed ok. All of a sudden it surged and died out to almost dying I revved engine sporadically and managed to keep it from dying and after it sat a bit I uncrimped hose lines and got it running enough to get it to my "friends" house as they were going to work on it for me. Mistake #2(after buying it) It started before I took it there and he removed a speaker wire that was under engine and run thru firewall to inside and electrical taped my mess of wiring harness together and claims that's all he did and it wouldn't fire anymore. I said UN-DO WHAT YOU DID then. Made sense to me. I am a female by the way. If it fired up b-4 u did what u did UN-DO IT !? Well he didn't and then he did some other module replacement then said It must be the brain! OMG, I called my tow co. And had it brought back 2 my place. Of course a couple idiots "Worked on it" 4 me and now I need a new wiring harness and distributor. I now own a parking lot ornament and despirately need it running. Please advise, I don't believe it's a big ugly serious problem but a bunch of little stuff, I, by the way, have refused all mechanics to touch it now and will probably have to do it myself. I am thinking it had to be the fuel pump/filter that was ghetto rigged underneath and now of course the problems my acquaintences have created. Please help! Thank You 4 your time, Devin Martin
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Monday, July 18th, 2011 AT 2:42 AM