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Amedee, Dodge Technician
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Check engine light at idle. The # 5 intake valve is

Customer Question

check engine light at idle. The # 5 intake valve is bypassing at idle. This was determined by pressuring the cylinder. The shop recommends an engine replacement. It's a 2008 Dodge Dakota with 50K
JA: Does the light stay on, or does it blink?
Customer: It blinks, sometimes go out. At times the light comes on and stays on for few days that goes out and stays out for days. Only happens in idle.
JA: Are you fixing your Dakota yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No, working with a shop. They ran diagnostic's and everything else checked good. That's when they did the compression check and cylinder leak down and discover the #5 intake valve was bypassing. Compression on that cylinder was 170,
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: that should be it
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name isCustomerand I would like to assist you with your question. I see the information you have typed above. What exactly is your question?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What is the fix rather then replacing the engine as recommended by the shop
Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

The cylinder head or heads would need to be removed and sent out to a machine shop. They would then pressure check and resurface the cylinder heads and even possibly replace the valve or springs as needed.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
why are they suggesting replacing the engine instead.
Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

You would have to ask them that question. I suspect because it is less labor to replace the engine rather than just replacing the engine.

Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

Sorry, I meant to say it is less labor to replace the engine rather than to remove and reinstall the cylinder heads.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I just did, they said the rings are blowing by too, Thanks for your time.
Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

YUP! That will do it!

Expert:  Amedee replied 10 months ago.

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