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my guess would be to tighten up the choke a small bit

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 19, 2009

May be the distributor. I had the same prob on a 1978 Ford. Get warm, die, wouldnt start until cooled down. Replaced the distributor, no probs. Not the cap, under the cap.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 15, 2009

The 318 was an engine fitted to all manner of vehicles dating back for quite a few years.A torqueflite sounds right although your trans woulld be different than sedan etc due to having a trransfer case to have to run.It may be easier to drop it off at auto trans specialist who can recondition the original one.At least it would save hassles from compatibility issues etc.For engine parts look under sedans that used the same engine.Asalvage yard would be a good place to look for the numbers you need .Are there no web sites that deal with your type of truck?4x4 clubs etc

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 15, 2009

Do you mean the switch, or the key and tumbler?

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 15, 2009

change fuel filter

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 10, 2009

The pump is not supposed to stay on, you should only hear it for a second or two when the ignition is turned on. At least you know the pump is working. There must be a problem in the ignition system, like no spark, do to a bad coil, ignition module, without testing it's hard to say.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 10, 2009

Sounds like you have a bad fuel pump.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Nov 02, 2009

This is a common problem on 4x4 trucks and jeeps, it is cause by stress building up on the axels, An easy way to relieve the stress is to drive in reverse for a few yards, this relieves the tention that builds up on 4x4s. I know it sounds crazy stress and tention?? it has to do with the ratio on turning radius, the outside wheel has to travel farther than the inside wheel and this causes stress and tention on the axel/front end.also try and not turn so sharp.you will notice that goes away if you dont turn as sharp...

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Oct 23, 2009


1983 Dodge... | Answered on Oct 23, 2009

Go to www.technicalvideos.com in the upper left corner under AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION click on Identify My Transmission they cover the big three GM Ford & Chrysler

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Oct 07, 2009

You can get this info by using the year ,make and size of engine by calling Autozone If not they have a Chilton manual for it or can get it

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Oct 06, 2009

i usaly leave the steering will nut a little lose and put my knees up aganist the back and pull up with them as i hit the nut with a hammer or u could get a wheel puller

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Oct 02, 2009

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1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 26, 2009

the resistor is a pretty common item. its a white bar on the firewall about 2 inches long with a wire at each end. dont go replacing parts without knowing whats bad, your just going to spend money and not fix anything.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 25, 2009

I understand you want to trace the wires. You almost need two peoples' to do tests. One way is with a volt meter with good resolution looking at the voltage at the end of the line, then have a person take a tester which lights up once it makes a connection, inside at the fuse box to the fuse that your checking. If you have the right line, the fact that the probe becomes part of the circuit you should see a slight fluxuation on the meter. Now be careful and make sure the fluxuation jumps big enough and you are not looking at a fluxuation caused by an interruption in the voltage from having connected some other area. This fluxuation shouldn't be that big compared to the direct fluxuation from the circuit being tested. The probe will have a certain amount interruption to the circuit being test than one being cause by a interruption else where. You could have the other person kind of tap the fuse being tested a couple of time to see if your getting a good reading.
The real way to do it is to send a small ac voltage and see if it comes out at the other end. I suspect you are not loaded with electronic equipment. I know I haven't really fully tested my idea but, it might work for you. I do it all the time indirectly. You could disconnect the fuse box and wires and check it with a continuity tester but, that is a lot of hardship.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 24, 2009

I guess it runs if you jump it at the starter??? if so, power comes from the ign switch to the trans (neutral start switch, then to the Starter relay, then to the starter. so ck all that wiring an dsee if maybe you knocked something loose, or try to start it in neutral.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 22, 2009

first thing is to loosen the column mount at the fire wall inside where the column goes through the fire wall and also loosen the column support up next to the dash. so you can move the column up and down. at the rag joint remove the bolts that pass throught the leather dampner between the two pieces of metal one is clamped to the steering gear box shaft and the other is clamped to the steering column loosen the bolts that hold the pieces of the rag joint to the column and steering box. and remove each piece from the shafts. you may need a hammer depending on how rusty the are on the shafts. the steering gear box shaft is splined so when you install the new joint line up the splines so it will slip onto the shaft. a little WD40 sprayed on the shaft will help it slde on. then slide the column into the top part of the joint until it is seated. tighten the clamp nuts and torque to 40 ft Lbs each retighten the firewall clamp and the dash support and you are done.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 12, 2009

Does it have a oil light coming on when you first start it? Try a can of stp and then see if it runs quit if it does then the lifters are wearing out or the oil pump is going south. Let me know if you need more help.

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Sep 02, 2009

When the fuse keeps blowing, there is only one reason why. That is because there is a short, not because other fuses are missing. For example if the fuse is rated at 10amps, and the wire after the fuse is drawing more than 10 amps it will blow. If for example you put a bulb in series with the wire than is only drawing 2amps the fuse will not blow that is because you have put a load that is less than what the fuse is rated for. One way to trace a short is to start where the fuse is at. Find which is the wire connected to that fuse. one side of the fuse is connected to the battery and the other side goes to whatever device it supply, and there maybe several of them. Note what else do not work beside the turn signal, Most short occur where there is an electronic device. Since your car is an older model, it is unlikely to an electronic device, but a wiring may have been worked on and somehow a hot wire is touching the body of the car. If the fuse blows only when the key is in the on position, then logically you would look at the back where the rear lighting may have been worked on, thats because turn signal are always off when the key is off. If it blows even when the key is off then you know there is something else beside the turn signal that the fuse is connected to that is on even when the key is off such as tail lights because you can turn on the tail light with the ignition off. You get what I mean?

1983 Dodge... | Answered on Aug 12, 2009

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