The exhaust might be a good place to start as "Dave Clement-LDC009"
mentioned. I know from an experience that my dads little Ram 50 was running
about the was you described, we tinkered with it changed this and that and
after several months he decided to have the muffler changed and it ran like
a champ after that. Dion
At 01:40 PM 8/12/96 -0700, Steve Gepford wrote:
>I need some real help here folks,
>I have been unable to use my 88 Dakota for quite a few months (years?), now.
>My problem is that it will barely idle, and then, only if you constantly pump
>the pedal. It won't deliver enough power to drive the vehicle either.
>When I first had the problem I wrote in and it was suggested that I try
>replacing this and that.
>In my stubbornness to avoid the dealer and in an effort too learn more
>to fix the thing myself I have followed the suggestions from the list.
>So Far I have replaced the EGR valve, the O2 sensor, took the fuel tank off
>"thrice" and cleaned out all the lines, replaced the fuel and the fuel filter,
>replaced the injectors, and a few other trial and errors, at a cost I might
>that has probably exceeded what it would have been if I had just taken it in to
>the dealer to begin with.
>The fault codes I am consistently getting are "22 & 33". Yesterday I pulled the
>tank off for the third time, cleaned everything inside and out. Blew out
>lines and checked the injectors again. While I had the pump out I dropped it
>into my parts cleaning tank and gave it 12 volts of power, it seemed to
>a "fair and consistent", volume of fuel in that test.
>Putting an external fuel pump on has not helped either. If I hand pour a small
>amount of fuel down the opening of the injector housing, it with continue to
>idle, I can even rev it up. At times it sounds good, until I get into the cab
>and attempt to drive it, then it coughs and sputters and won't rev high enough
>During my trial's yesterday I finally got it to rev up for a while without
>adding fuel down the port but this was short lived and flipped right back into
>not wanting to rev up under it's own.
>At one point after turning it over a high RPM for a while I got out of the cab
>to close the hood and try driving it. As I came up along side of the engine bay
>however I noticed the exhaust header on the drivers side was glowing red hot in
>the central area of the header area where it comes out of the manifold. At this
>point the engine was still idling and within a minute the redness disappeared.
>I don't know if this is a sign that something is wrong somewhere or if it was
>just a result of the high RPM's that I was running it at. I had it at a
>for about a minute or so. The funny thing is that only the area near the center
>piston on the drivers side was glowing red, but then that is also the area that
>all three exhaust on the drivers side join together before combining into one
>pipe as it heads downward towards the exhaust pipe.
>Where do I go from here? Any more suggestions? Or should I just shoot it in the
>head and put it out of it's misery?
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