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1998 5.2L HAD LONG TERM DEAD BATTERY , WON'T START

PRIOR TO SETTING IT HAD A PROBLEM IDLING OR WHEN LETTING OFF THE GAS, it would either stall or stumble. The battery went dead for a couple of months while waiting for a transfer case. The code I get from the PCM is bad crank sensor or distributor pick up. I replaced the dist. pick up but the crank sensor is more difficult to get at, I'm tring to make sure before I do this crank sensor that it's may actually be bad. I have heard the Dodges don't like to have a dead battery and that it might affect the PCM. Can you help? Thanks.

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Hello dholland...The 2 most common stalling problems on this engine is a failing crankshaft position sensor, or a Powertrain Contol Module. Usually the stalling, and rough idle occur after engine warm up. You can inspect and clean the connector terminal to the crank sensor, sometimes this is the problem. Clear all fault codes. If codes return, then proceed with another scan and correction as needed. That would eliminate doubt.

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