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Dodgerench, ASE Certified Technician
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I'm having issues with my 2004 dodge ram 1500 5.7L

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I'm having issues with my 2004 dodge ram 1500 5.7L hesitating on acceleration
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Dodgerench replied 1 year ago.

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer! This is Ed.

I have to confide in you... the Hemi engine isn't known for hesitation, which describes a short pause in reaction when you first try to accelerate. Is it truly a hesitation or maybe a misfire?

Do you have any other problems, such as reduced power or a CHECK ENGINE light illumination?


Expert:  Dodgerench replied 1 year ago.

Perhaps a surge? Something that makes it feel a bit "sick" while you're driving?

Expert:  Dodgerench replied 1 year ago.

A hesitation occurs but once per acceleration and it's always under accel and might be called a stumble. A quick, one-time misfire may be described as a hesitation, but it's actually a loss of power, rather than a delay in acceleration.

A "sag" can be called a severe hesitation, one bad enough that it feels like the engine almost stalls, but recovers.

Surges are usually repeating in nature, a feeling that the engine is sickly or a bit "soft" as you drive, whether it's on acceleration or cruise.

Sorry for the lengthy dissertation, but it helps me understand what's going on when we're all on the same page.