2001 Dodge Ram P0121 Code

  • 2001 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 149,863 MILES
I just replaced the map sensor on my 2001 Ram 3500 van. The engine is a 5.9 litre gas engine. I replaced the map sensor because I was getting P0301, P0308, and P1757 codes. I already replaced fuel injectors for 1 and 8 cylinders, replaced both o2 sensors, the rotor, distributor cap, and spark plugs and wires. After I changed the MAP sensor, I got a P0121. I tested the TPS, and replaced it. Now I'm getting a P1297 code (no change in MAP sensor from start to run). Still runs rough and stalls at stop lights. Maybe I need a priest who can perform exorcisms. Any ideas?
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 AT 6:00 PM

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A code P0121 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

TPS has intermittent open or short internally
Harness is rubbing and causing an open or short in the wiring
Bad connection at the TPS
Bad PCM (less likely)
Water or corrosion in connector or sensor
Possible Solutions1. If you have access to a scan tool, see what the idle and WOT (wide open throttle) readings are for the TPS. Check if they're close to the specifications mentioned above. If not, then replace the TPS and re-check.

2. Check for an intermittent open or short in the TPS signal. To do that, you can't use a scan tool. You'll need an oscilliscope. The reason is because scan tools take samplings of many different readings over just one or two data lines and can miss an intermittent drop out. Hook up your oscilliscope and watch the signal. It should sweep up and down smoothly with no drop outs or spikes.

3. If no problems were noticed, perform a wiggle test. Do this by wiggling the connector and harness while watching the pattern. Does it drop out? If so, replace TPS and re-check.

4. If you have no TPS signal, check for 5 Volt reference at the connector. If it's present, check the ground circuit for open or shorts.

5. Make sure the signal circuit isn't 12V. It should never have battery voltage. If it does, trace circuit for short to voltage and repair.

6. Look for any water in the connector and replace TPS as necessary.
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