Shut off while driving and will not start

Tiny
S.PARMENTER
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  • 1990 DODGE RAMCHARGER
  • 5.9L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 104,460 MILES
Truck shut off on way home. Had it checked out was told the fuel pump took a dump. So, picked a new one up drop the tank installed the new pump put tank back in gas in it turned over no start. I was told it could be the ignition module could not find it anywhere.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 AT 9:40 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

First, if it stalled and won't restart, chances are you either lost fuel or spark to the plugs. Here is what I want you to try: See if it starts for a couple of seconds using starting fluid. If it does and then stalls, we know it is a fuel related issue.

If there is no change, check for spark at the plugs. Here is a link that shows how it's done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system

As far as the ignition control module is concerned, it is integral with the powertrain control module. That is an expensive part, and why I need to know if you lost spark. Also, there is a higher likelihood that the pickup coil in the distributor failed and is much less expensive to replace.

The pick-up module is located in the distributor and will prevent you from getting spark. I attached a pic below showing it.

Do these tests and let me know the results? I don't want to point you in the wrong direction.

Take care,

Joe

See pic.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 AT 7:38 PM

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