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I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5.2L engine.After sitting outside in a overnight rainfall,it takes several attempts to get it to start.I have replaced the dist.cap,spark plugs,and wires,but it still does the same thing.After it starts ,it runs fine with no misfiring or sputtering.Any help would be greately appreaciated. Thanks,

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  • mopoarrich Apr 27, 2009

    Fuel pressure remains good on overnight test .This problem only occures after sitting in a day long or overnight rainfall.Any other suggestions?




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It sounds like you have a corrosion issue. I have personally had this problem before years ago, it was caused by moisture forming around the main fuse connection and would kill power to everything although yours sounds more like maybe a relay or EFI fuse. I would suggest starting by cleaning the battery terminals well. Mix up some water and baking soda and pour it onto the terminals to clean them. Next locate your under hood fuse box (since it is likely the problematic fuse will be located outside of the cab you should start with this one) Pull the fuses and relays one by one and use a pencil eraser to clean the terminals. NOTICE:Some vehicles have special fuses which are bolted in place forcing or prying them out will break them CAUTION:Before removing some fuses and relays in the engine compartment you must remove battery power to prevent damage to computer systems. After you have cleaned the fuse connections you should check the engine grounds to make sure they are not damaged or badly corroded, also check alternator, and starter connections.

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What is most likely going on here is the fuel pumps pressure check valve is defective, this allows the fuel to drain back into the tank from the lines and filter, and when u start the engine the lines must be pressurized and the air bleed through the injectors before engine will start and run, the result is long crank times and several start attempts before engine catches and holds a steady idle.

To test the pump buy a fuel pressure test gauge, locate the fuel pressure test valve at top of engine on fuel supply rail to injectors (looks like a metal tire valve) hook up the gauge and make sure it doesn't leak at the test port connection, then run the engine and let the pressure stabilize, shut down the engine and let it set, the pressure should not drop more than 3-5 PSI overnight, if it does u need to replace the fuel pump, this problem by the way is fairly common

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