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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Base Reg Cab 119 WB Work Special

1997 Dodge Ram 1500
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Rear Wheel Drive, Reg Cab 6.5'
15 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy
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October 29, 2011, 2:41 pm

Matt T
 

Question: same truck

reinstalled trans. now cranks wont start just backfires


November 2, 2011, 3:57 pm

Ron W
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recheck the firing order on the distributor. Sounds like It may be off or crossed


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October 3, 2012, 5:48 pm

Matt T
 

same truck bucks like well a ram when first start clears out after a few what sensor or what else could it be


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October 6, 2012, 9:19 am

Ron W
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Still sounds like an ignition timing issue. You might have pinched a wire when the trans was installed. Some sensors that can cause this are the crank and cam position sensors. And if a wire is shorted to another, you can get odd issues like this one.


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