I have a 5

  • 1999 DODGE RAM
  • 190,000 MILES

I have a 5.9 liter. It idles high and low and someone told me it was computer. Is that true?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 AT 4:37 PM

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Yup. Why would I doubt you that someone said it's the computer?

The computer is the answer from everyone when they don't know how to diagnose the real cause of the problem. That goes back to the '80s and '90s when a large percentage of problems on GM products were solved with a new computer. First look for vacuum leaks. Pinch off various hoses. If one affects the idle speed, follow that one to its branches or the item it operates. You may also have luck spraying water on hoses and gaskets while the engine is still cold. Watch for a speed change or where the water gets sucked in.

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