1992 Dodge Dakota sputtering

Tiny
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  • 1992 DODGE DAKOTA
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 139,000 MILES
I have a 1992 dodge Dakota with a 318 5.2 8 cyl it does fine when I accelerate but at steady speed its sputters what could be causing this?
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 12:39 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Have you checked for codes? You can do it at home.

Turn the key from of to run position 3 times. (DON"T START THE ENGINE) the 3rd time, leave it in the run position. The check engine light will begin to flash. Count the flashes. Each code is a 2 digit number. Count the flashes there will be a slight pause then it will start again.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 10:50 PM
Tiny
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It flashes 3 different times so its either code 35 or 355
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 2:35 PM
Tiny
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Ok, 35 is for a 4 cylender cooling fan circuit problem, 55 completion of fault code display on Check Engine Lamp. (end of codes) 355 doesn't exist. So it doesn't seem to be an electrical or sensor problem. Lets move to the fuel pump.

Next I need you to check the fuel pump pressure. Many parts stores will rent or lend the gauge. If you have never done this, check out this "how to" video.

http://www.2carpros.com/dia/test_fuel_pressure.htm

Let me know what you find as far as pressure.

Joe
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 2:53 PM
Tiny
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Ok but this is a 8 cyl engine
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 2:55 PM
Tiny
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Hi

Ya, I realize that. That is why I moved on to the fuel. There is a chance that the pump isn't keeping up with the engine. Try checking the pressure and let me know what you find.

Joe
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 5:12 PM
Tiny
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Did this problem get solved? What did fuel Pressure read? Did a accurate code test take place. What did it read. I have same problem
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Saturday, February 14th, 2009 AT 12:24 PM
Tiny
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We took it to a shop and had it put on the machine with no luck
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Saturday, February 14th, 2009 AT 12:26 PM

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