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Old 07-24-2012, 07:15 PM
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Exclamation fuel pump problems?

i have a 1999 ram 1500 with the 5.2, and ive been having a little trouble with it for the past few weeks. ive noticed it taking a few extra cranks to fire. it does it randomly. a lot of times it starts normally. i havent had any problems with it shutting off or bogging........ until today i was on my way back to work, taking a turn and the motor shut down... so i rolled to the side of the road, made sure the fuel system relay was intact, the i gave the fuel tank a couple kicks and the truck fired back up and i drove it back to work. started up fine at the end of the day and i made it home. also, the gas guage read about a 1/4 tank lower after the malfunction, and hasnt came back up. i didnt notice any leaked fuel either(didnt really check thoroughly) could this be a wiring problem? or does the sending unit and pump go out together? could i have a split fuel line somewhere? any chance theres something in the tank? and is there a cheaper way around a $220 pump assy? any help would be greatly appreciated, need the truck for work thanks
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The pump/sending unit is one assembly. If there was a leak in the line, you and everyone around you would know by now. Definitely sounds like the fuel pump though.

Kick starting it won't last long. I'd price a pump and just unbolt the bed and replace it. Add $220 to the price of a tow and the cost really goes up.

I've done it quite a few times and it's really not that bad...as long as you have one other person to help with the bed.
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Yeah that sounds like the fuel pump. I'd say drop the tank if you don't have much gas in it. Make sure you have a chain wrench long enough to wrap around the fuel pump cap because it will be really tight and you probably can't get it with your bare hands.
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I highly oppose dropping the tank as opposed to sliding the bed back.

Dropping the tank risks breaking the straps, fuel lines, and/or fittings. and takes about an hour.

Sliding the bed back removes those risks and takes less time. Six mounting bolts, four screws along the rear plate valance, unplug the tail lights, and remove the 3 7mm nuts on the inside of the fuel door. Two people can lift it and slide it back and rest the rear on 2 milk crates or remove it all together. No crap in your eyes and no wrestling the tank back up.

I've recommended it to many members and can bump or link the results if you like.

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I highly oppose dropping the tank as opposed to sliding the bed back.

Dropping the tank risks breaking the straps, fuel lines, and/or fittings. and takes about an hour.

Sliding the bed back removes those risks and takes less time. Six mounting bolts, four screws along the rear plate valance, unplug the tail lights, and remove the 3 7mm nuts on the inside of the fuel door. Two people can lift it and slide it back and rest the rear on 2 milk crates or remove it all together. No crap in your eyes and no wrestling the tank back up.

I've recommended it to many members and can bump or link the results if you like.

Here's one: http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=103652

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yea i was told pulling the bed is a better option. just filled up my tank the other day. and i actually found a pump online for half the price... its got a 1 year warranty and apparently no reconditioned. brand new, marked down from 275 o 113... http://www.carpartswholesale.com/v5/...Listing+Page:1 any opinion?
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yea i was told pulling the bed is a better option. just filled up my tank the other day. and i actually found a pump online for half the price... its got a 1 year warranty and apparently no reconditioned. brand new, marked down from 275 o 113... http://www.carpartswholesale.com/v5/...Listing+Page:1 any opinion?
I'd give it a shot, looks pretty decent.
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I'd give it a shot, looks pretty decent.
thanks a lot just ordered it on 2 day shipping.. hope it works out. while im here, do you know anything about misfires?
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Hmmm... misfires...firing the ex/mis(sus), or engine misfires?

Are you getting a PO300 or is it cylinder specific?

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Hmmm... misfires...firing the ex/mis(sus), or engine misfires?

Are you getting a PO300 or is it cylinder specific?
I've had codes for misfires on cylinders 2 nd 6 for a few months now but it's only flashed the cel twice. I never notice powerless or stuttering etc... both o2 sensors and the cat. are bad. codes for the o2 sensors are up too. all the plugs and wires and stuff are good. I'm leaning towards injectors because I ran 2 month old gas through it with no treatment... but... I looked in the throttle bodie and saw a tiny bit of oil in the intake... will a plenum gasket cause a misfire?
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I've had codes for misfires on cylinders 2 nd 6 for a few months now but it's only flashed the cel twice. I never notice powerless or stuttering etc... both o2 sensors and the cat. are bad. codes for the o2 sensors are up too. all the plugs and wires and stuff are good. I'm leaning towards injectors because I ran 2 month old gas through it with no treatment... but... I looked in the throttle bodie and saw a tiny bit of oil in the intake... will a plenum gasket cause a misfire?
I can understand the injector misfire for #2 because it's all the way at the end of the fuel rail. 6 I'd get a spark tester and check the plug and wire.
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