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My 1998 dakota would die for no reason when trying to restart i would smell gas after a 2 or 4 tries it would start and run fine. then it would start to die and i would work the gas petal and it would back fire and die.day by day it has become so bad that if i dont keep the rpms up really high at stopping it will die and take many many times to start. but when it does it fires right on the mark and idles fine only top start the whole deal over. i changed plugs,plug wires,distibuator cap and rotor

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YEAH... I TRIED ALL that TOO...

Hello Tim Carson,

Finally I got codes read... and it said the OXYGEN SENSORS were complaining... OBD... DTC
(on-board-diagnostic... DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES)

So... of course I changed the... OXYGEN SENSORS.

The "NEW" OXYGEN SENSORS complained just as well...

I have subsequently learned the "SENSORS" are
just doing their job...

In my case reporting on a collapsed catalytic converter.
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SOURCE: 98 dakota engine dies

timing chains either go out or not go out, there is no such thing as an intermittent problem with a timing chain, what about the ignition module? it is sensitive to heat, and like the crank and cam sensors can cause your kind of problem. U did not mention fuel pressure either, electric fuel pumps can stop from heat when they get near the end of there service life (100,000), this is even more common if the fuel tank is run below 1/4 tank allot, this overheats the pump in the tank because it is not covered in gas, that is how it is cooled.

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SOURCE: Won't Start.

These trucks have a problem with the catalytic convertor blocking the exhaust causing a no start condition, the three things you need to start fuel, spark and air. Try disconnecting exhaust in front of cat.

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SOURCE: 87 dodge ramcharger not firing

Pull the coil wire out of center of distributor cap and lay it close to where you unpluged it from distributor cap, and turn over engine if coil is good you will see the spark jump. If no spark coil bad.

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SOURCE: I have an 1989 Dodge Dakota with the V-6 TBI

have you tryed to pull a code besure the plug wires are in the right place i mean fireing order

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SOURCE: firing and cylinder order for 91 dodge dakota 5.2L

isnt there a sticker inside the engine bay somewhere?

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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