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I have a 1998 Dodge Durango that has always run perfectly and the other day I was driving and it just died for about 1-2 seconds and back on, thought it was strange but figure maybe just needed a tune-up. Well I went home and all seemed fine. About an hour later went to start it and it started but acted like it was on 2 cylinders pressing on the gas did nothing. I tried though well I have flooded it so I came back to start about 10 minutes later and it would turn over but not start at all. I figured at this point that it was either bad gas, fuel filter, or pump problem. I looked at the relays and with the key on could not hear the fuel pump so I swapped the relay with the AC relay but when I put the relay in it did not click so I think the problem is before the relay but not sure where to go from here. Any help is appreciated! Thanks, Mark

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  • mark688 Jul 27, 2009

    I will check the fuel pressure then. But how do I check for codes? Also the engine does turn over fine. Ok I will go try to find the pressure valve...let you know what I findout

  • mark688 Jul 27, 2009

    Ok I checked the valve with the ignition off and gas squirted out so I tried starting it and it started right up....then about 30 seconds later it just died. I tried starting it again it started then died about 4-5 seconds later, started again and it fired once but didn't start, started again and nohing, so I checked the valve again and no pressure at all with key in either position.


  • mark688 Jul 27, 2009

    ok well that good that we know whats wrong. now to replace the pump do I need to drop the fuel tank to replace it? I just filled it up :(


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The 1st thing you do is have the system tested for trouble codes and check the fuel pressure, that is the very first step in repairing this, when u say it won't turn over u mean the starter won't work? engine just won't start? You can check the fuel pressure, on the top of the engine there is a supply pipe that connects to the fuel injectors to supply them fuel, in that pipe there is a pressure test valve, see if you have fuel pressure at that valve when you crank the engine, if the truck has over 100,000 miles suspect the fuel pump. One note a tune up doesn't make an engine stall out, in the old days when cars and trucks used point type ignition that was true, not any more, plugs last well over 100,000 miles and the points are a magnetic pickup on the front of the engine. .

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    yadayada Jul 27, 2009

    When u press the valve that relieves the pressure on the fuel pump, that lets the pump run until the presure builds up that load causes it to stop, the fuel pump is defective replace it.

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    yadayada Jul 27, 2009

    Yes u must drop the fuel tank, that is a bear of a job on the ground, there are two straps that hold it in, u will need a good floor jack to do this and an extra pair of hands, disconnect the fill neck first then support the tank, drop the tank down just far enough to remove the wiring to the tank and the fuel lines, make sure you save the fuel filter receipt, if the pump fails under warranty they will require proof you replaced it.

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