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Dodge: running rough..i accelerate, its hard to start..idles..stalls

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I have a 03 dodge 5.7 hemi. its running rough, it strugles and misfires when i accelerate, its hard to start and idles roughly and eventualy stalls. when reving the engine in neutral, the engine will not rev beyong 4000 rpm. on advice from mechanics i have replaced, the fuel pump, throttle body, had the injectors tested and was recommended replacing which i did and still made no difference, i have also replaced all 16 spark plugs and looking at buying the ignition leads as well.. i have tried everything and it has not made the slightest change. any suggestions?
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The 03 engines are prone to breaking valve springs. When these springs break it creates the same type of symptoms you are describing, so I would suggest you pop the valve covers off and have a good look at the springs to see if they are broken.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
hey mate i have taken off the rocker covers and inspected the valves and there is no visual signs of damage, do i need to take them off or is there another suggestion of where to look next? thanks your advice is well apreciated..
Ok, I should have also asked what fault codes are you getting?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I scanned the vehcle and the only codes that came up were po522 and po171.. but after i unhooked the battery and remove everything to get too the rocker covers the codes have not come back when i reconnected the battery.. i have c codes come up 27 48.... 29 48.... i am going to take the car for a run and see if there any more codes come up...


also when starting the engine it kicks back badly before it stalls.. i have a suspision that its not running on all eight cylinders or its misfirind very badly.. what is the firing order for the engine and where is the cylinder 1 located..?


I think I'd do a compression test and see if this engine is mechanically sound.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Hey mopar, thanks for your help, i have gone through the whole engine and found that after replacing the injectors and other parts the leads were put in the wrong order.. the order was corected and after a few hesitating start i took for a drive and gave it a good thrashing and it soon idled well and smoothened out.. thanks for your assistance and much appreciated.. if i run into anything else i will definetly consult with yourself or the website.. but i am still getting a p0171 any sugesstion what this is..
Perfect, thanks for the update......glad you got it fixed.
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