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Last week, when I started my '89 Dodge Dakota, I saw that the "check engine" light was on. I put the transmission shift in "drive" and notice that the engine ran "rough" and I drove away. When I stopped at a "stop" sign, the engine stalled. When I approached the next stop sign, I put the transmission in "neutral" and the engine did not stall. I failed to mention, that while driving, I noticed that there was a sever decrease in engine power. I went to an auto supply store and bought the following parts: 6 new spark plugs, distributo cap, rotor, distributor wire set, and a PCV valve. After installing the parts, after properly setting the plugs gap to .035 inches, I again drove the truck. The "check engine light was still on, and all the symtoms I previously described were still evident.

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First thing i would check before getting in too deep is the fuel filter. If that's not it then check the fuel pump. Main thing is to make sure there is no shortage of gas to the engine. had the same problem out of my 89 dakota a few years back and turned out that the fuel pump had fallen apart in the gas tank and the only reason that the engine was even getting gas was due to the vaccum that the engine was creating.

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Unless there are some other underlying issues, they may be there still unless you clear the codes and turn off the check engine light..or else in the distributor itself you will see two long metal pieces at the top..they should be screwed to the distributor housing. there should be two individual pieces..those are your coils..one is your "run pickup coil" and the other is your "start pick up coil" if your run pick up coil is bad then a tune up won't accomplish much..you will need to take that to your mechanic to have it diagnosed properly..if faulty, replace. if not, then perhaps its a fuel issue or bad alternator.

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