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