I need my truck to stay running

Tiny
ELBONY EALY
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  • 1997 DODGE RAM
  • 20,000 MILES
Somebody put water in my gas tank and I figured it out. I used the Heet water removal and the truck stayed cranked for a minute. Now all it does is keeps shutting off and I have to keep getting a boost. I just do not know. My truck was running perfectly fine at first before the water incident? An 8 oz bottle of water was put into my gas tank.
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 8:35 AM

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Tiny
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Hey ELBONY,

You must have the tank removed and drained out to not cause an damage to the pump and injectors.

Here is a guide that will help you get the problem fixed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-electric-fuel-pump

Best, Ken
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 8:46 AM
Tiny
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So there is no problem with the battery? And that is why it is not staying cranked, because it needs to be drained and do really have to have a new fuel pump and filter?
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 8:58 AM
Tiny
KEN
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The engine will not run on water, the battery could be weak here is a test for the battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

If you drain the water the pump should still be good.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 9:03 AM
Tiny
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So have you Ken ever had a question like mine? And is this a really major problem that I cannot fix? Will water make me lose my truck?
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 9:21 AM
Tiny
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It happens more than you think, you can fix it with no worries. Check the battery and get a new one if needed then drop the tank and drain it out you will be okay.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 9:33 AM
Tiny
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Thanks Ken.
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 9:40 AM
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You are welcome. Please use 2Carpros anytime and tell a friend!

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 AT 9:46 AM
Tiny
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Hi I have a question I'm still dealing with the issue above.I was wondering why am I able to crank the truck up sometimes and I was able to go a block or three and this morning it want crank I haven't drained the tank yet. But will be doing it today. Jest need to know if I should go ahead and put a new pump and points to make sure the problem is solved
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Sunday, February 5th, 2017 AT 6:25 AM
Tiny
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Hi Elbony,

I don't you have points but a new fuel pump would be a good idea.

Let me know how it goes.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2017 AT 7:03 AM
Tiny
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Good morning Ken it's me again so everything was replaced and put back on the truck went for a test drive and everything it ran well get up this morning got down the street and my truck started acting as if it's going out and in it doesn't want to stay running now what could that be?
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 4:12 AM
Tiny
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Hi Elbony,

It sounds like you may have a vacuum leak, here are a couple of guides that will help you get the problem fixed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-an-engine-vacuum-gauge

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/stall-at-idle

Run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Best, Ken
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 4:34 AM
Tiny
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Ok Ken do u think a weak battery will cause thise problems or do u think it's the vacuum leaks. Im so tired of playing the guessing game on this. Will the battery make the truck shut out like that and make me have to get a boost
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 5:07 AM
Tiny
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Yes the truck must have a good battery to run correctly.

Here is a test to make sure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Let me know what you find.

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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 7:30 AM
Tiny
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Ok Ken what if he put the same bad gas that he drained back into the tank. He believes if he drained it good he could reuse the same gas even tho he mixed high octane on top of the gas. So when he got a boost jest now it crunk and slowly put putted out like it did before.
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 7:45 AM
Tiny
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Hello Ken I was waiting for a response about the last question I asked u? Can you please lme know if putting the same bad gas in could be the problem still? Could you please let me know
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 12:45 PM
Tiny
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Same bad gas? Yes this will be a problem
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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 AT 12:15 AM

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