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Experience:  MO Safety/Emissions Certified on all makes and models with a strong electronics background aiding in electrical troubleshooting.
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I have a 1988 dodge ram 5.2L and it idles fine but when you

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I have a 1988 dodge ram 5.2L and it idles fine but when you put it into gear it dies..if you Rev it up before putting. It into gear you can get it to go..the it will cut out when driving and sometimes will die...could it be a bad injector or throttle positioning sensor? I do not have a code reader to check the problem
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

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Have you checked the timing?

Did this just happen out of the blue one day or did anything happen leading up to it, etc?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I haven't and it was doing it when I bought it.
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

That always makes it fun. Especially if the seller wasnt honest or didnt give you the back story. Start with checking the timing. It sounds likes it out of time.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok if timing happens to be fine what direction should I go from there?
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

What makes you think the timing is fine? It sounds like its out of time.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Checked the timing and it is fine and still acts like it is flooding
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

Have you done a compression test on the engine? I would start there so we can get an idea of the overall health of the engine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
All cylinders are testing at 140 to 150 psi
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

Whats your fuel pressure and does it hold?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do not have a fuel pressure guage...I did notice one injector is spraying more fuel than the other is that normal or should they be equal
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

They should have a very similar spray pattern.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there a part that regulates each side separately or is one injector bad?
Expert:  Wayne Crawford replied 1 year ago.

The only distinction is in the wiring but that would affect the length of time it sprays more so than the volume per time.