1996 Dodge Ram Won't idle

Tiny
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1996 Dodge Ram V8 Automatic 107000 miles

I got a 96 ram 1500 gas with 107000 and the truck won't idle. I start it and it idles but once I get down the street and I slow down to take a turn or stop it will die. I undid the y pipe to be sure the cat wasn't plugged but it still does it. I'm thinking it's a sensor or the pump. I disconected the hard line coming out of the tand and switched the key off and on and it shot put fuel like a champ. I need help
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 11:56 AM

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Tiny
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Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Has the check engine light come on?

Let me know.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 12:48 PM
Tiny
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I haven't checked vacume line yet. No check engine light except when I took the y pipe off to check if the cat was plugged but that jus the o2 sensors. So jus check vacume lines goin to the throtlle body? I've been lookin around the web and alot of the questions r answered by cleaning the throttle body.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 1:43 PM
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A good cleaning can help. However, check for leaks too and make sure the EGR isn't carboned to a point it doesn't work.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 1:44 PM
Tiny
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I'll have to try that when I get off work. I'm use to working on old trucks like my 75 powerwagon. Not as many wires haha. So I would jus use like carb cleaner to clean everything out? Of that don't work, wut else do u think could be wrong?
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM
Tiny
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Good question but we'll figure it out. I miss my 78 power wagon step side with a 400. Nothing went wrong with that thing.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 1:55 PM
Tiny
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Would this proble have anyting to do with my battery or alarm. I was wheelin Sunday and at the end of the day I went to start my truck and it jus clicked and the alarm went off and it wouldn't let m deactivate it with my keypad so I disconected the battery and pu it back on and it started but the only differnt thing it did this time was when the Alarm went off it got lower and lower in tone til it completely stopped. So I did th battery thing again and started my truck. The next morning u went to start my truck an that's where I'm at now
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 2:26 PM
Tiny
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Ok I found a hose that 1 end looks like it goes up into my firewall to some where and an the other ends goes into my intake it looks like. I taped em to the best I can and it some wut idles nut I gotta be going kinda slow. It some wut will idle now. It still dies tho
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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Are you able to replace the hose? Also, chances are it goes to the heater panel to adjust the vent doors. Try to replace it if you can and continue looking for others that are bad. Also, have you checked the EGR?
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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I will try and replace it alltogether but of not I'll get some of that stuff u heat up so it seals. How do u tell of the egr I bad? Also, when I undid the exhaust and ran it straight headers to see of the cat was plugged. Will it run bad now cuz the o2 sensors arnt active in the exhaust system?
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 11:32 PM
Tiny
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Remove the EGR and check for carbon build up. Clean it and the intake where it bolts on. After that, there is a valve in the EGR that is vacuum operated. Make sure it is opening and closing with vacuum.

It will run without the o2 sensors, but not too good.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 11:40 PM

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