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My 2002 dodge ram pick up is very difficult to start in cold damp or rainy weather when it sits overnite it has a 5.9 engine with 75,000 miles

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This is usually in indication of old ignition components. sparkplug, spark plug wires, cap, rotor. This is due to moisture shorting the old components. sometimes you can see( or hear ) arcing at the spark plug wires. fill up an old spray bottle with water and mist around the engine to identify a problem area. you can do a self test of the engine computer by inserting the key and turning;

off-on, off-on, off-on. ("on" is when the dash lights come on and "off" is one click back)The codes will flash out on the check engine light in pairs of numbers with 5-5 being the end of the test. Or the codes will display on the digital odometer. write down the codes and check back if needed.

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