1995 Dodge Dakota POWER ISSUE

Tiny
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  • 1995 DODGE DAKOTA
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Truck will run for a few min then cut out. Will restart fine, then cut out after a bit or right away. After several min of running looses power, push gas but will not go up hills. Stalls. Occasional surges of power, then stalls. Please help
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Sunday, November 29th, 2009 AT 7:12 PM

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Tiny
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This could be a few things. Has the check engine light come on? Have you checked fuel pump pressure? Have you checked to make sure the catylatic converter isn't plugged?

Let me know.

Joe
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 9:48 AM
Tiny
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The check engine light is not on. I have not checked the catylatic converter. Or the fuel pressure. How do I check the catylatic converter? How do I check fuel pressure with out a guage?

Thanks for the help
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 10:27 AM
Tiny
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If the converter is plugged, it will usually get so hot, you will see it glow red at night time. Also, listen to it with the engine running for ratteling, whisteling or hissing sounds. Finally, you can check the tail pipe to see if there is ample back pressure coming from it. You can check back pressure both before the cat and after, but it is an involved process.

As far as the fuel pressure, here is a how to for checking it. You will need a gauge, but most nationally recognized parts stores will lend or rent one to you.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

Let me know what you find. NOTE: If the fuel pressure is low at the fuel rail, you will need to check it before the fuel filter to determine if the filter is plugged or the pump is just weak. Let me know if you need further directions.
Joe
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 10:42 AM
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Its fuel pump. Replacing it. Also, back right side tire locks up solid if you even slightly touch the break. After a few hair raising skids the breaks start to work fine. Let it sit for a bit and the problem starts over. Breaks locking up in the back. Any ideas?
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 7:45 PM

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