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I have a 1993 dodge dakota LE 2 door A/T v-8 magnum s wheel drive. It is missing an i dont know why, i have replaced the plugs plug wires distributer cap fuel filter, what could be the reason, also the rpm gadge is registering about 700-800 rpms what is the timing for this truck?

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Rpms are about right. those engines have a plate that is bolted to the underside of the intake and its the size of the intake the gasket for them blows out all the time causing oil consumption and misses.
easy check is pull pcv valve from engine and vent hose from other valve cover. start engine and block both valve cover holes with your fingers or whatever has to be a good seal. after after 30 seconds remove one finger from hole. if air rushes into valve cover that means there is a vacuum inside crank case and the only place it could come from is that plenum gasket.
remove plenum[intake] and replace gasket.
other problem that is common is a worn out block bushing.its the bronze bushing that the oil pump drive shaft goes through.
to check remove dist cap, place the tip of screw driver on the rim of distributor were the center of the rotor tip is then rotate dist rotor back and forth to check the slack. if its more than 1/16 of an inch then the block bushing is worn if like 1/8 or more then the oil pump drive shaft gear will be ground down pretty bad the cam gear usually is ok but i have seen a couple get ruined. remove gear and pull out bushing with a puller that cuts threads into the bushing. there is a special tool kit for this but you can make you own except for the burnisher wich you really dont need.
that bushing cause all kinds of havac from misses to extreme backfireing to wont run.

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