2004 Dodge Ram PLEASE HELP - DEALER DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE

Tiny
EGATOR330
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  • 2004 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 57,000 MILES
2004 Dodge Ram; 57,000 miles - Nov. 07 check engine light - to dealer, replaced o2 sensor. Nov. 07 - Check engine light again - To dealer who replaced Accelerator Sensor ($505). Got the truck back, seemed to run fine - A week later, back to dealer for bad wheel berring ($475). January 08, after truck warms up, whenever you are either stopping or just riding down the road, it starts sputtering, running really rough, ans shuts off - Once, have lost everything, including power steering - Towed to the dealer again Jan 08 - they couldn't get the truck to act up or a light to come on with them - said they 're-programmed the computer' - January 08 (two weeks later and here we go again!) - Back to dealer - Coming home from work at 3 a.M. Starts sputtering, running rough, shuts off and I nearly wrecked - Back to the dealer who says they replaced the computer in the truck. 2 days later, and still in January 2008, the same scenerio - On the way home from work starts running rough, though this time I am able to 'limp home', versus paying yet ANOTHER towing bill. As luck would have it, the warranty was up in Oct. 07 - I am at my wits' end, and don't know what to do now - It's a true hazard, but the dealer says they can't do anything 'unless a light comes on' - My husband wants to get rid of it, though I don't because it is so close to being paid off. This truck has never been put off the road, used for towing, etc. - It has been totally babied. PLEASE HELP! Thank you for your time.
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 AT 4:14 PM

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Tiny
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Once it is dead, you need to test for spark, fuel pressure and injector pulse. If we can find what is missing, then it will give us a place to start. When it sputters is it like it is running out of fuel or more like an igniton miss (sharp cut out). Why did they replace the accelerator sensor before? Was there a code related to this?
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 7:31 AM
Tiny
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First of all, I hope this is the way to respond!
When the truck dies, it begins to jert and sputter like it does when an o2 sensor is bad- Like it's not getting fuel / air, etc. -
My next question is once it does die, HOW do we check for the spark, fuel pressure, and injector pulse? Do we have to buy a tester for that! These things ALWAYS happen on the way home from work, at 2:30 a.M. - Every time we take it to the dealer, we can't get it to run rough to save our lives!
**When we replaced the o2 sensor, we only replaced ONE - Should we have replaced them ALL? ***
To answer your question about the accelerator sensor - When we took it in the first time for all of this, they hooked it up and said they got a code indicating "bad accelerator sensor" - so, not knowing any better, we paid for the repair that has since left us with a truck that STILL won't run worth a crap -
Please advise on how to check for those pressures, etc. - If we can get this thing fixed, I will pay you guys a 'bonus' - 'cause at this point, Dodge doesn't deserve a dime! Thanks, guys!

Ella
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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You will need to get a spark tester, noid light and fuel pressure gauge. All of which are fairly inexpensive. When it dies install all testers to see what is missing. We will go from there
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 11:40 AM

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