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Old 03-17-2019, 09:13 PM
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Last month we had to change a couple harnesses on my wife's car because rats chewed on them. I don't know if Dodge uses wires with the soy-based insulation, but it would be an easy check, looking for rat teeth marks. I got nothing else.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:24 PM
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Full Broadsides with the parts cannons!

Take it for a ride with the fuel pressure gauge hooked up and see what happens to pressure when you put the hammer down...

PS: do "wiggle" tests of engine harness and connectors to see if there is any change in how it runs.
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Update:

Matt, my younger one, bought his own car 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, he is
happy. So the pressure to repair quickly is off.

Robbie, the sailor, has shown interest in the truck, I need to talk with him,
I a might just pull the engine and rebuild it.

If Robbie does not take it. I will either get it running and sell or scrap it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:19 PM
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1. Buy the poor kid a real truck ya tightwad... Lol


2. I don't know if this application in your situation, but any chance you sheared the key or roll pin holding the drive gear on the distributor shaft?

3. Any chance the timing gears spun on their shafts?

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Old 03-21-2019, 07:06 PM
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1. Buy the poor kid a real truck ya tightwad... Lol

2. I don't know if this application in your situation, but any chance you sheared the key or roll pin holding the drive gear on the distributor shaft?

3. Any chance the timing gears spun on their shafts?

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1. I did he ruined it, he gets to pay now.
2&3. Checked it when I replaced the timing chain and gears.
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Old 03-23-2019, 11:38 PM
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Is this the dodge you rebuilt the frame on recently, or was that a Cummins?

I can send OBD readings from my ‘98 5.9 liter for comparison. The basic ones should be pretty close - maybe.
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Old 03-24-2019, 03:28 AM
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Ron. Have you checked for a plenum leak??
Here are two youtube vids that can show you some test procedures, yes I know not same year models but the engine is the same gen. same 318/5.2 Liter

This is one of the most common issues with this gen 318 engine and most don't even bother with this check cause in their mind it just can't be an issue
I have run across this more often than not in 5.2 erratic running or totally shitty running 5.2 dodge engines as I believe you have the first gen. of magnum engines where even the dealership say of it's this or that never thinking its the plenum... It is worth a try to check this

You can also do like he said and stick a magnet down and see if the plate is metal or aluminum... and another thing check to see if you can see the plate/plenum bolting pattern, and look to see if it is still factory riveted or been done before, as it will have bolts protruding to the interior of the intake.

Also, If it looks to have been done before try to check with bore camera is best actually, but, look and see if it appears to have been done and some dipstick used an RTV instead of a quality gasket... that will never work using An RTV to seal the plenum on those intakes, yeah might work for a little while but really is short lived...

And some people will say there is no plenum that it is just an intake blah blah blah but they're wrong it's dodge's hair-brained idea of a plenum...

also here are two pics of the plenum and intake with the plenum.
I don't remember which order I put the video links but, But! one may not be exactly your issue but this plenum leaking can cause your issue it is just for an example of how to Test procedure...

You can tell a lot about an engine by vacuum test and gives you lots of info on possible places to star to look...

It is one of the first things I do, along with OBDI And OBDII code reads... In a lot of instances, some people will just throw parts at it from only using code readers/pulling codes...

But its the vacuum testing and pulling the codes doing both, that allow a good mechanic to read between the lines... anyone can pull codes but not everyone can read between the lines... by that alone
which is why it not usually a good idea to put all the trust in running down to the local Autozone and expecting it to be exactly as they say...

I have three thick ass books that help with covering different test procedures and fixes for diagnostics and manufactures technical service bulletins...
I usually don't resort to them unless it is just so stumping I or a phone call can't figure out.


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Old 03-24-2019, 06:47 AM
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Was driving home the main drag thru Erie last week, and in the left lane was a SUV with the reverse lights on....Yup it was a Jeep POS.

And as I passed it I saw the rear wiper on high, the front wipers
on high, and the horn continuously blowing.....
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Was driving home the main drag thru Erie last week, and in the left lane was a SUV with the reverse lights on....Yup it was a Jeep POS.

And as I passed it I saw the rear wiper on high, the front wipers
on high, and the horn continuously blowing.....
No doubt a jeep with a Chrysler engine, and a Toyota transmission in it Right!
Had a customers jeep Cherokee base model it "Twas the ignition switch" stuck a new one it and it all went away... but newer ones can because by the module that bolts to the side of the under the hood fuse box that controls the lights and wipers and a few other things... if the module is not built in to the underside of the fuse box which means whole fuse box needs replacing just depends on year make and model.

As well as some Hondas loose fire and most get diagnosed right off the bat with the distributor being the culprit as bad/shot, and it to as well can be the ignition switch. but, that is only true... on a 50/50 basis with the Hondas though...
I've seen it go both ways.
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Old 03-24-2019, 02:25 PM
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Is this the dodge you rebuilt the frame on recently, or was that a Cummins?

I can send OBD readings from my ‘98 5.9 liter for comparison. The basic ones should be pretty close - maybe.
Ummm, Ford F-350 was the frame, rear suspension and newer box.

Don't bother with the readings.

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Ron. Have you checked for a plenum leak??
Not yet; the next two checks are do see of the Cat. Converter is blocked or
plenum leak. I have had the Cat. Conv. plug on me before.

Since Matt bought his own car, this has dropped down the list a ways.

I have to get some day job shit down and then Matt and I are leaving Tuesday. We are going to visit the Navy man in Charleston, SC.
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