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Truck stalls at random times

I have avoided taking this to the dealer, and have worked with a couple of mechanics I know.
They have put updated OBD II scanners on the computer and have come up with the ingnition coil.
The old coil primary was on spec, the secondary was high by 5K ohms.
Well, I have replaced the coil. Problem went away, for a couple of days. But back.
Problem is, it stalls. At idle, during accelleration, decelleration, constant high-speeds, cold running, hot running, with and with the AC, pulling a trailer, not pulling it, going up hill, going down hill. I cannot make it fail. It does it on its own, when it wants, and for as long as it wants.
I have been stranded for a hour waiting for it to start again, and watched/felt the engine stall for less than a second.
I have pulled the ignition kill relay and cleaned the contacts, replaced that relay, about 5 times. Even shorted that connection out to see if something was telling it to shut off.
No, this is not fuel related. You pull the fuel relay and it acts like it is starved for fuel. This just quits. Just like when you pull the ignition coil.

I have not, yet, replaced the hall effect pickup in the distributer.
I have a new set of wires, rotor and cap, but not put them on, yet.

Strange, when running, it runs great. Good performance, etc.

I have done many web searches, there seems to be quite a few with this problem, but no clear solution.

There are no other codes on the OBD II scanner.

The stalling is becomming dangerous.

Any suggestions?

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  • Rey Bolta Aug 17, 2008

    i have the same issue with my kota i dont know what it is but after a while of running sometimes it just runs like a charm but if it is just idling it does not fail to stall out.



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The problem on your dakota is Very Common.
On my 10 year working on Vehicles " On US."
And I Owned a jeep's 93, 97, 2000, 2007,
I recomend Replace the Cam position sensor (hall efect pick-up)
And the Crank position sensor, Located between the Engine and transmission housing.
all times when they come damage, run and stall is the first simptom. but ane day will not run completlly.

Ok.. I hope this help on your problem.
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Posted on Aug 26, 2008


Check the wires that run to the battery

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