1997 Dodge Ram, 5.2L V8, 4x4, Automatic 149000 miles
The engine cuts out randomly (all 8 cylinders) at random RPM's. The truck remains in gear, sometimes stalls entirely, other times it stalls momentarily and begins firing again. It appears to happen more when the engine is warmer. The "gen" light and "engine" light pop on as the engine shuts off, and they quickly go out. The difficulty is that the engine throws no engine codes at all.
~ Midas says it isn't a blocked exhaust.
~ The Dodge dealership said it was a blocked exhaust (and sent me to Midas).
- This is after they said the computer needed a reflash (so it was reflashed)
- The crankshaft sensor needed to be changed (so a new one was installed)
- The distributor was bad (tested: passed)
- The throttle body was clogged or malfunctioning (cleaned; tested: passed)
- or that the fuel filter was clogged/fuel pump malfunctioning... (tested: passed)
Thus far everything they tested (listed above) passed the tests the dealership, the first shop, and Midas put it through.
Making things MORE difficult is that the computer logs NO engine codes. None of the above resulted in a change in performance.
In some form of irony, ran into my next door neighbor with a 1998 diesel Ram who had similar problems. He ended up needing a new computer and had it flashed at the dealership.
Who can tell me what's wrong!? The truck is a bit of a project truck and slowly coming along... but it'd be silly to dump more money on repairs that the truck is worth.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 8:33 PM