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It shut down while driving. I put it into nutral to coast to…

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It shut down while...

It shut down while driving. I put it into nutral to coast to a safe place to stop and it started back up

Mechanic's Assistant: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?

Yes, and yes

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Dodge?

2012 Ram 2500 diesel

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram yourself? What have you tried so far?

Had starting issues yesterday. The local mechanic who cannot get me in this next Thursday wanted to know when the fuel filters were changed last. I told him six months ago but only the one in the engine compartment he wasn't sure but has seen one near the rear axle/fuel tank. Did I change that one no I did not

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I guess that's it

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Dodge Mechanic: Ricardo Hohl, Master Certified Tech replied 9 months ago
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Hi welcome to just answers my name is Ricardo, is the engine light on, have you check for any codes stored on the system

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No engine light
Dodge Mechanic: Ricardo Hohl, Master Certified Tech replied 9 months ago

Hi sorry for the delay . do you have any aftermarket performance modifications devises added to the engine or transmission?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No I do not.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Yesterday I thought maybe a crack in a fuel line, loose injector or injector, or a clogged fuel filter. But why would the unit completely shut down and then start right back up on its own without me even touching it.? That sounds like a computer or electrical problem to me.
Dodge Mechanic: Ricardo Hohl, Master Certified Tech replied 9 months ago

does the engine starts right after it stalls?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
far.
Dodge Mechanic: Ricardo Hohl, Master Certified Tech replied 9 months ago

OK let me opt out and see if another expert may have an idea, do not answer back to me or the question will lock back to me thank you and good luck.

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Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago
sprinkles08
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

There are quite a few things that can cause the engine to die and it will require some testing to determine what is going on. You could have a fuel delivery issue or it could be caused by a number of different electrical problems.

The first step in diagnosing the problem is to see what fault codes have set. Have you read fault codes?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I have not had an engine light to reviel codes. About 3 months ago I did have a rail pressure sensor code go off. The technician recommended software update and does not think the $800 rail pressure code was correct.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I have not had an engine light to reviel codes. About 3 months ago I did have a rail pressure sensor code go off. The technician recommended software update and does not think the $800 rail pressure code was correct
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

Have you checked for fault codes since the engine died?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No I haven't
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago
That will be your first step.
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
It's actually not showing an engine light. So can an auto parts store do that or do I need to go to the dealer
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

I thought that it wouldn't start?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
it take a few try's to start(it has always started on the first crank). After it shut down (completely dead) then started back up all by itself while going down the road. It has been parked. No engine light that time either
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I guess I will try to get it to the dealer on Monday
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

It's going to require some testing to determine what is going on. Assuming the problem can't be found visually such as a wiring or connection issue, or the fuel filter is restricted, then at least a scan tool is going to be needed to begin diagnosis. If it's dying while driving then you either have a fuel delivery problem or an electrical issue, most likely testing is going to be required at the time the problem is happening.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
have you ever heard of this happening before.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Does a 2012 2500 ram diesel have 2 fuel filters?
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

No.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Ok dealer shows P2000 nox trap below (can't remember the rest).
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

NOx absorber efficiency below threshold. That's not related to it dying.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
They said something about a catalytic converter needing to be removed. But then said the 2012 is not suppose to have one.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I should probably just trade it in.
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

All 6.7 trucks have a catalytic converter and this code is for NOx cat efficiency, but it is not causing the engine to die unless the exhaust system is completely restricted with soot which I don't expect.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Well I don't have exhaust fluid. I've been told these old systems tend to plug up is that true?
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

I've only ever seen one particulate filter plug to the point of needing manual cleaning and it was due the truck being operated incorrectly - low speeds and idling. If the particulate filter was plugged then there would be fault codes reflecting that.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Ok thanks
Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 9 months ago

You're welcome!

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Dodge Mechanic: sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech replied 8 months ago

That's the universal garage door symbol.

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