1996 Dodge Ram Engine Performance

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  • 1996 DODGE RAM
Engine problem
1996 Dodge Ram V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 120K miles

I have a 96 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 5.9 2wd truck. It has 120K miles on it. It has always run well and given me no problems (until recently). A couple of weeks ago while driving, it gave me the feeling that it was starving for fuel, for a brief period (less than a second) it sputtered and then continued to run fine. It did this 2 or 3 times in a 30 minute drive. Then about 5 days after that while coming to a stop, it quit running without any warning. I got it started and continued home with no further problems while making several stops. Then most recently the engine quit running at a stop sign once again. This time it didn't start back up right away. It took about 5 to 7 minutes. Once it was running the check engine light then came on. I continued home with several stops once again and it ran fine. Once at home I turned the truck off and returned to it an hour later to see if it would start. It started fine, but the check engine light is still on. I have since been driving my wife’s auto until I have a chance to fix my truck.

My truck has always been well maintained. The battery is about 2 years old, but still feels strong when I start it. The only other thing I would have to add is that my fuel gauge hasn't worked in about 5 years. I have always just topped it off then went off mileage to know when I was getting low. I know it's not a lack of fuel because the tank is full. My oil pressure gauge has been giving my erroneous indications lately too. When I cleaned the plug connection on the oil pressure sensor it gave me accurate readings for about 500 miles or so, but no were back to bad readings.

Before I go to get this diagnosed, I'm thinking that the fuel pump is the problem. From what I've read so far this truck doesn't have a fuel filter I can replace. Please offer any suggestions that you may have.

Thank you,

Do you
have the same problem?
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 AT 6:14 PM

1 Reply

Hi Travis,

You are right no fule filter part of the module. If this turns out to be the problem, I strongly recommend an OEM one for dependability.

The starting place with this is getting the codes, other wise were shooting in the dark.

While it may be fuel related, we can not rule out the possiblity of a spark or compression/timing problem.
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 AT 9:03 PM

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