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Very hard to start. running very rough. smoke and unburned

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very hard to start. running very rough. white smoke and unburned fuel in the tailpipe. I have tested five of the eight plugs and they have spark.Disconnected the fuel line, and there is fuel to the fuel rail. Ran fine until this happened on starting about a week ago.
JA: How has your mileage been lately? Have you noticed any leaking?
Customer: I only drive it a couple times a month. Haven't noticed anything unusual until it died, and then wouldn't start.
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 1999
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I disconnected the fuel line to test for gas. Tested some of the plugs for spark. Since I have both, I'm looking for the nest thing to try.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Not really. It ran fine until it didn;t.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

any codes?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I connected the code reader, but it didn't read. I can try it again.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Plugged in the code reader. turned on the ignition. No display.
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

have you checked the fuses?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Not yet. Which ones would be the culprits?
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

generally cigarette lighter or horn are the culprit .

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'll check them but the lighter and horn are still working
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

give me a little bit and ill pull up schematics

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
OK, the diag/amp fuse is blown. I can read codes now.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
0 codes
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

was the engine light on?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

what model and motor size is this?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
1999 Ram Van 1500 5.2L
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

it sounds like an injector is dumping fuel or a throttle body issue all your symptoms point to it running rich.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Just checked to oil and it smells like gas
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

sounds like an injector has failed or the throttle body

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
tested injectors for continuity. all are the same.
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

ohmmeter across the injector electrical terminals. Resistance reading should be approximately 12 ohms ±1.2 ohms at 20°C (68°F)

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Reading 12 ohms on all injectors.
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

and this is dumping fuel and has no pending , history or active codes?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
correct. Check engine light never came on. No codes on the reader. It would be hard to keep running long enough to get codes. Is it an injector stuck open? Would that throw some sort of combustion code?
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

do you have a fuel pressure tester? if it does not hold fuel pressure with the key off a injector is bleeding down

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I don't have one. I could go get one, unless there's a more likely cause. If it's a throttle body issue would one of the sensors throw a code?
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

not if you cant keep it runnin g...sounds like injectors to me

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I can try to trace it down by pulling the plugs, or I can get a full set for $150 and just replace them all.
Expert:  xsvector replied 5 months ago.

Might be smarter just to do them all