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

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very hard to start. running...
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.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Dodge Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
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Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago
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any codes?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I connected the code reader, but it didn't read. I can try it again.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Plugged in the code reader. turned on the ignition. No display.
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

have you checked the fuses?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Not yet. Which ones would be the culprits?
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

generally cigarette lighter or horn are the culprit .

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'll check them but the lighter and horn are still working
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

give me a little bit and ill pull up schematics

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
OK, the diag/amp fuse is blown. I can read codes now.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
0 codes
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

was the engine light on?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

what model and motor size is this?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
1999 Ram Van 1500 5.2L
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Just checked to oil and it smells like gas
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

sounds like an injector has failed or the throttle body

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
tested injectors for continuity. all are the same.
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Reading 12 ohms on all injectors.
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year 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?
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year 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?
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year 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.
Dodge Mechanic: xsvector, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

Might be smarter just to do them all

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