1981 Dodge Ram V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 233000 miles
I have a strange situation. After driving about 2-4 miles or so the engine may just shut off. It is obviously an electrical problem as it just quits with no sputtering.
Even stranger, after less than 5 minutes I can restart the engine and after that it doesn't shut off again for the entire trip. Eliminates a heat related problem.
Only happens when the van has not been driven for at least a few hours and the engine is physically cold when started. Later in the day, afer the sun has warmed the outside temperature and the sun has been beating down on the vehicle it is very unlikely to happen.
Doesn't do it every time but seems to (usually) happen when it is colder outside (50-70 degrees or so) and at night. Live in Southern California.
Possibly helpful info: Ignition coil is less than 2 years old. Voltage regulator is about 2 months old and gave reliable service for most of that 2 months. Mechanic replaced what I think he called a "resistor" but he didn't really think that was the problem as it usually causes a problem when hot. It is off-white in color and maybe about 3 inches long.
have the same problem?
Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 4:18 AM