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1989 dodge Ramcharger stalls

My 1989 Dodge ram charger stalls when I brake to come to a stop- It idles a little rough at times when in park and idles hardly at all when in drive at a stop.Noticed a crack in the hose going to the front of truck from Cat. converter. Hoping you have answer before i go thru replacing things like sparks, dist cap, etc...

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  • lori_landrum Jun 16, 2008

    My 1989 Dodge Ram Charger will start...it's a rough start, but never the less it starts and idles fine. Once you put it into gear, it dies...every time. You can keep one foot on the brake and the other on the gas to keep it going while in gear. Once you accelerate to around 30 mph, the truck runs great. Any slower and it cuts out like it is not getting gas correctly. I have replaced distributor cap, rotor, plugs, wires, and coolant temperature sensor and still the problem persists. HELP!!

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Hi Monkeypaint!
I assume you have power brakes and I gather that it idles properly at times, but dies when the brakes are applied. This sound like a leaking power brake assist vacuum line or diaphram. You can verify this by locating the big vacuum hose connecting the intake manifold to the assist diaphram. This will be about an inch in diameter connected to the round item behind the brake master cylinder next to the firewall.

  1. Disconnect the line at the intake manifold end, and plug the vacuum port on the manifold with a tapered rubber stopper or cap.
  2. Being aware that you now do NOT have power assist to the brakes (requiring CONSIDERABLY more pedal pressure to stop!!!), see if the problem goes away. If it does, you have narrowed it down to the assist diaphram or the hose. If it still persists, it is an engine tuning/control issue, not related to brakes.
  3. Do determine whether it is the vacuum hose or the cannister, remove the previously installed cap/plug, reinstall the hose to the intake manifold, disconnect it from the diaphram and plug/cap the hose at that end. Repeat step three... if the problem returns, the hose is leaking and should be replaced... If the problem still goes away, the Power Brake Assist Diaphram Cannister is leaking excessively and should be replaced.
  • ***ALSO*** Any other vacuum lines leaking can lower the manifold vacuum to a threshold level where the load of power brake assist actuation crosses the line for adequate vacuum to idle*** So check all vacuum lines underhood, looking for a pronounced hissing at vacuum leaks. A manifold vacuum gauge is a relatively inexpensive diagnostic tool that could also be useful.
Well, hope this helps, and good luck! Don't forget to rate this answer!
Thanks!
-WB

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