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1989 Dodge Ramcharger that idles rough but still cranks like br..

I have a 1989 Dodge Ramcharger that idles fine at first and then it starts idling rough and has cut off one time going down the road with no hesitation or nothing it just died. I pulled the distributor cap and there was water on the pickup plate but i cleaned the water out and all and it still runs rough. I am thinking it is that cap and pickup plate but could it be anything else and what is the firing order on that thing. It has the 318 FI.

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Check your fuel filter and your carb. sounds like the you may have gotten dirt in the carb. or your floats are sticking

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    Check your fuel filter and your carb. sounds like the you may have gotten dirt in the carb. or your floats are sticking



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