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May have cracked head?????

Hi, My 97, SS/T ,360 has just over 100,000 miles. Never tuned. Well maitained though. Stopped at store on way home from work. When I can out and started the engine it was missing and the engine light came on. So I installed new dist cap and rotor and plugs. Aftermarket parts. Not factory. Cap and rotor were burnt but the plugs didn't look bad. It ran great for two days and then started missing again. And I noticed the temp gauge was at 225. I have heard that I may have a cracked head. It's not down on water. And I don't see white coming out the exhaust. And I don't have moisture in the oil. Can anyone enlighten me? I'm stumped.... Thanks.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U are looking in the wrong places, I doubt the head is cracked, it could be a faulty fuel injector, have replaced 100's.



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Did you check for a touble code? there should be a diagnostic plug underneath your dash on your driver side. obtain a code reader that reads both obd I and II codes. with the '97 production there were rams made with 2 different systems. you can obtain touble codes by either plugging in an obd II code reader which was/is the updated method, or the older method of (with your key) turning the ignition on/off/on/off/on again and if a code is stored in the ecu memory, your check engine light will flash in a series. the number of flashes determines the code present. copy the number of flashes and look the values up in a trouble code manual. or find a website that features troble code definitions. if your truck is drivable, the cheap route is to go to autozone, or a similar auto parts store and ask an employee to plug in their code reader. they will do this for free. they should be able to pinpoint the problem if your ecu detected a malfunction. otherwise, did you perform a compression test? check all cylinders for good compression at least 100psi each. you can buy a tester at a parts store for about 25-30 bucks. when you installed your new cap and rotor did you check to make sure the rotor was seated properly and pointing in the right direction? ignition timing can be fouled up if you didnt mark the location of the old rotor and install the new one the exact same place. replaceing cap/rotor on the ram magnums are a ***** because you cant reach them easily. did you chack to see that the plug wires were install in the correct terminals? and again at the block??

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