I have a 1996 Dodge Ram Van B2500 with a 318 CID, 5.2L engine and automatic transmission. The vehicle has about 144,000 miles on it.
Recently, while on the highway using cruise control the vehicle suddenly decelerated, and the accelerator pedal went to the floor. I killed the cruise control and barely limped into a service station. The fuel level indicator was just approaching the empty mark, and after filling the tank the vehicle began running properly again.
Later, it did the same thing when the gause was showing about 1/4 tank of fuel, and it eventually did the same thing at 3/8 tank, then at a half tank.
In each case the vehicle stalled and decelerated. When the accelerator was released the engine would die, though it would continue running if the accelerator was slightly depressed.
I have run an electrical system diagnostic and found no apparent problems. A voltmeter test revealed normal voltage under load, and the vehicle appears not to have an alternator problem, though the battery recently was completely discharged after the vehicle sat without starting for about 8-9 days.
Are any of these symptoms familiar, and do they point to a specific problem?
Also, where is the fuel filter located on this vehicle? The manual that came with the vehicle is useless in identifying anything about fuel filter replacement.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 AT 1:19 AM