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Wont start 1998 dodge 1500 pickup replaced fuel pump, has been running over 1 year. Lately, especially, it has been hard to start after turned off. Turns over but just will never start, getting plenty of fuel. Will finally start after very long periods (45 min-1 hour, at least). Backed into parking stall and it just died instantly. Now it will not start, still turns over. Over 5 hours. Can you help please.

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  • ldadams55 Oct 04, 2009

    Received great feed back. Did not realize that there was a relay on fuel pump under the hood. Tomorrow, in daylight, I will make sure, that it is making contact! Also will check couple of other things you told me! THANK YOU!!!


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The first thing you should check is the asd relay in fuse box under hood, look very close at contacts. If replacing fuse does not fix wires in box may be burnt underneath. Also check fuel pump relay can you hear the put with the key all the way forward with out staring it if you can change fuel filter and please make sure also that your getting spark at spark plugs. If there is fire to the plugs then there has to be a problem with the timing on it, check that and the make sure you are actually getting fuel to the plugs, it should at least try and hit on ether if its getting fire. You have to do both (crank/ strike tank) at the same time because you don't have power supplied to the pump unless the engine is turning... the PCM needs to see cam and crankshaft position sensor signals in order to hold the fuel pump relay closed. Find the center of the tank and just give it a shot with the side of your fist while someone cranks the engine. If it fires right up, the pump's kaput. It might start and run again, but it can't be trusted to get you where you're going. As a bonus, the new fuel pump module will come with a fresh level unit J.

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