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Pick up Not starting

I have changed the fuel filter in my 1998 dodge ram 3500 4wd diesel. Now when my truck sits over night I can not get it to start. How do I fix this?

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  • Daniel Jenkins
    Daniel Jenkins May 11, 2010

    the fuel pump is going out. Replace your fuel pump.

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I had a similar problem with my 95 Dodge with a cummins in it. Took forever to figure it out and so every morning, or if it sat 6-8 hours, would have to operate the primer pump under the hood to get it started for the day. Long story short. There is a fuel supply line to your engine and all diesels have a fuel return to to the fuel tank. After replaciing a section of fuel supply line with no results, discovered there has been a history of undetectable micro perferations in the steel fuel return line. The defective section of return line is normally the section in front of the firewall. I replaced this section with rubber hose. Its been several years since I did this repair... and if I recall correctly, hacksaw removed the firewall section of steel return tubing and hose clamped a section of rubber fuel line to replace the steel line I removed. I've never had a problem with engine starts since doing this repair. Hope this helps you out.
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