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Wont start 1998 dodge 2500 pickup. It is a 2500 Gasline, fuel injected v-10. Lately, The truck has (occasionally) not been starting, after it has been turned off. It turns over, just won't fire, getting plenty of fuel. This last from 5 min to one hour. It turns over but will never start, Now, I backed into parking stall, truck went dead while it was still iddling; Gas lite came on, and it will not start. Put in gas, even though it still had plenty. Still turns over really great, just wont fire. Been over 6 hours. Can you help please.

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  • ldadams55 Oct 04, 2009

    Thank you. I will check this out. Did not know that you could rent fuel pressure gauges. Again thaanks a lot!!! Linda

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Most likely the fuel pump went bad. But, just in case, check for spark. Sometimes a worn out fuel pump will intermittently lose pressure or stop pumping. Fuel pressure can be checked by valve on the FUEL RAIL. The valve will look like the same size as the air you put in your tires.

Most auto-parts stores carry a fuel pressure gauge that you screw on top of the valve. Most places let you rent the tool. With the key to the ON position, the fuel pump should kick on and the pressure should go up without having to crank the engine. If the fuel pressure doesn't go up to the proper PSI, you'll know the fuel pump isn't doing it's job. Check the fuel pump relay first, then the pump.

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