1995 Dodge Dakota Dies while running and now won't start

Tiny
SRG7887
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  • 1995 DODGE DAKOTA
1995 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Automatic 194, 00 miles

I was low on gas and rounded a corner and it died. It didn't sputter or give any indication that it was going to die. It started after a few minutes and I made it about two miles where it died again. Same thing, no indication. It started again after a few minutes and I made it to the gas station. After it was full, it started right up but died again after about 1/4 mile. It took a few minutes, but finally started. I drove about 1 1/2 miles home and parked for a few hours. When I drove again, it started fine and ran fine for about 1/2 mile and then died. Now it won't start. It tries to start but won't turn over.
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Sunday, January 18th, 2009 AT 7:40 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Is the check engine light on? If not, I recommend checking fuel pressure. You can rent the gauge at most nationally recognized parts stores.

Let me know what you find. Also, check pressure both before and after fuel filter. And, if you haven't replaced the filter in some time, it wouldn't hurt to do so. When you were low on gas, it may have picked up dirt from the bottom of the tank.

Joe
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Sunday, January 18th, 2009 AT 7:46 PM
Tiny
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Do below to determine if its fuel or spark related causing it not to start-sounds more like fuel pressure problem

Get a starting fluid or ether and spray into the carb or the throttle body on an EFI. Did it start and die? If not disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it
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Sunday, January 18th, 2009 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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It will start about once a day, but won't continue running. If you keep the rpm at around 2 it will run for about 10 minutes before it dies. If you don't give it gas, it won't idle and dies.
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Sunday, February 1st, 2009 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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When it won't start look for fuel and spark
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Sunday, February 1st, 2009 AT 3:12 PM

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