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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 kept stalling while driving now won't start

Our 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 kept stalling while driving but would start right back up. Did this about once a week or so until it stalled again on a major highway and would not start at all. I've been given several solutions (Fuel pump and Alternator etc.) Also, Light's flickered off and on when driving at night occasionally. Don't know if they are related at all. Also been told that to replace a clogged fuel filter, we have to replace the whole fuel assembly (fuel tank, pump, and filter) Is this true? Because the part is really expensive. If anyone has ideas, I would appreciate it.

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  • xmmwx Dec 20, 2008

    Well, I know a bit about cars..I can give a few ideas about what something might be but, can't always diagnose something. I will and can figure out what's going on if I get out there and mess with it a while. The engine DOES crank and the check engine light had come on a while ago..did the usual changed the sparkplugs and wires but, hadn't cleared the code yet. Truck is at my home and still won't start. Engine is a V8..I am inclined to say I think it is the fuel pump but, just am not sure. Thanks.

  • xmmwx Dec 20, 2008

    Thank you! I will try what you suggested.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Spray some WD-40 in the throttle body & try to start. If it fires, & runs for a second or 2 , you've got fuel delivery problem. (pump, filter, relay.)

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    How mechanically inclined are you? 1st. Does the engine turn over/crank at all. What engine do you have in that truck? Where's truck now & have you tried to start it recently?

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First off you can test the fuel pump 2 ways
1.have a assistant turn on the ign to on while you listen for the pump to run at the gas cap (gas cap off).
2.find the valve on the fuel rail looks like a a/c or valve stem,take the cap off and press the needle and if fuel comes out then it's not the fuel pump.

But from a lot of EXPERIANCE on dodge engines the stalling and restarting issue is ignition related i.e crank or cam sensor which will throw a diagnostic code of engine misfire xxx cylinders.

So If its one of those sensors then you will not have any spark,and staring fluids will not fire the engine.
As for the headlights flickering they get there power through a relay straight from the battery,so I would look at the relays under the hood and find the one for the headlights and swap it out with the horn relay as most of the relays will have the same numbers.

The crank sensor is about 70.00 and the cam sensor is about 50.
depending on where you get them (dealer or aftermarket)
the cam sensor is the round plastic thing under the dist cap,and the crank sensor is on the pass side under the head into the top of the transmission bell housing and it's a 2hr job to change because of it's location is really hard to get to.
Hint -take the breather off and place a rag over the intake and a board from the radiator core support to the intake to lay on,it has 2 10mm bolts and the wiring harness unplugs from underneath.

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Just replaced the fuel pump on my 1996 Dodge Ram and still won't crank. Any suggestions?

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CHECK THE COIL, SEE IF IT HAS ANY FIRE TO IT

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