Died while driving

Tiny
DURANGOSPORT
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  • 2000 DODGE DURANGO
  • 4.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 162,196 MILES
Alright so I just got this vehicle a few days ago I do not know to much about 318s or a whole lot about Dodge in general. But it was getting chatty (ticky) and the oil was black so I thought well might as well get an oil change. And the truck was driving fine prior to all of this. So I go and get a oil change went well and they poured water around the oil filter because I guess there was a good amount of oil around it when it was taken off spoiled. So I thought nothing of it. I leave and get on the highway and I drove maybe a mile after getting the oil change. And I stepped on the gas a bit while on the highway and it just died on me. I swapped batteries thinking maybe it was the alternator because with the other it would not crank. And with the newer battery it cranked a little but would not start. So I am thinking possibly the alternator but I did notice it was still a little (not near as bad) ticking but maybe the alternator? I cannot figure it out have not gotten to look everything over yet and I need some advice. Thank you.
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Monday, October 24th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM

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Tiny
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Scan for codes and check fuel pressure with a gauge auto parts rent it. see link.
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 6:24 AM
Tiny
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Hi DURANGOSPORT,

If you decide you would like to conduct the scan yourself here is a link to an article that features written step by step instructions and pictures explaining how to do the scan yourself, also I have included a link to our YouTube channel with a how to video on code scanning.

This is applicable even if your check engine light is not on.

Most scanners are inexpensive to purchase, you can purchase one online from sites like Amazon.com

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

https://youtu.be/YV3TRZwer8k

Once you have the codes please get back to us so that we can further assist you. We are always happy to help.

Thank you for visiting 2CarPros.com.

Kindest regards,

Renee
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 2:47 PM
Tiny
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I scanned for diagnostic codes and its showing absolutely nothing on both ECU's, yestarday weirdly after I just messed with the terminals because no power was being supplied it started up fine but alot of white smoke was coming out of the exhaust. So I let it run for a bit and it was acting like it had a clogged fuel filter but even today it started up fine didnt stall or nothing even drove it around the block fine. Ive never seen a car do this. But I am noticing a bad possible hydraulic lifter tick. So right now I am just lost on what could be going on its obviously intermittent. Could it be a fuel pump safety switch? Or just like a warning of a failing fuel pump? Thanks for all the help
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 AT 10:22 AM
Tiny
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White smoke could mean a head gasket /intake gasket problem so pressure check for leaks on coolant system what was fuel pressure or did you take it at all as I asked for you to do first reply. Hydraulic tick would be to check for a loose rocker or worn cam follower it is well known in the industry that a 4.7L is not the best engine.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 AT 12:04 PM

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