1999 Dodge Dakota sputtering and almost a stall

Tiny
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1999 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 100+ miles

i have a 1999 dodge dakota sport v6 with a 22 gallon gas tank. She was sputtering at lights and above 30mph. I changed the fuel pump and she's running much better, but when I get about 1/4 mile from my house I get some sputtering and have to muscle through it. Once I push the gas hard she seems to even out and runs fine until I turn her off again and the problem happens again even if the engine is warm. What should I check next iac? Fuel injector? Tps? Any insight would be appreciated folks.
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Friday, March 26th, 2010 AT 4:03 PM

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Tiny
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Has the check engine light come on?
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 8:29 AM
Tiny
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No it hasn't. No check engine light as of yet. I ran seafoam through her yesterday and she's running better, but still not 100%. Still getting that damn sputter
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 8:40 AM
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If the light hasn't come on, I would start with checking fuel pump pressure and looking for vacuum leaks.

Let me know what you find.
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 10:01 AM
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What's the best method of checking the fuel pump pressure?
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 10:33 AM
Tiny
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Here are directions for checking fuel pump pressure. Also, there is a video you can watch here too. It will show how to check pump pressure and the fuel pressure regulator:

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

Let me know if it helps.

JOe
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 10:38 AM
Tiny
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Right on Joe, thanks for the quick replies. I ordered a new tps just for the hell of it because mine looked kind of old and it was only $30. If that doesn't do it i'll pick up a fuel pressure gauge and see what's what. I suspect from the excellent video you referred me to that the problem might be the regulator. The new fuel pump has her running much smoother, except for that pesky sputter at 1/4 mile out. Are you thinking regulator?
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 10:58 AM
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It could be. If the pressure is too high or low, it could cause it. Also, remember when you remove the vacuum line from the regulator, check to see if there is gas in it. If there is, replace it.

Keep me in the loop, and good luck.

Joe
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Monday, March 29th, 2010 AT 11:10 AM

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