Is my motor shot

Asked by May 20, 2012 at 05:23 AM about the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ok maybe someone can give me a idea of what's going on. As I was driving down the road all of a sudden the
check engine light started to blink then I started to feel the truck shaking really bad as I started to pull over it's like
the truck wanted to kill it wasn't idling right at all so when I got it stopped I killed the truck  it was low on water so I
put water In it even thou it wasn't running hot all the gauges were fine anyway when I tried to start the truck up
again it cranked but it was knocking and the idle was going up and then down then up then it went down so low it
killed and I haven't been able to start it since. We checked the started and it is turning. It doesn't do anything when I
turn the key it just makes one tick sound and that's it

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If you turn the key and it makes a tick that means the battery is dead. Maybe a shorted cell. Your motor isn't "dead" and the check engine light coming on means an emissions/driveability issue. Take the truck a local mechanic and I'm sure it isn't anything major. Since the CEL was on, you have a stored code a scan tool can read and that would point you in the right direction. Almost sounds like an EGR issue, or other sensor. But the coolant level was low you said. Did you happen to pull the dipstick and check the oil to see if maybe coolant isn't mixing in? If it looks like a chocolate milkshake it is, and you have a head gasket problem. Good Luck!

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How much water did you have to add? If the coolant was low enough you could have been running hotter than what was showing on the temp gauge. This happens because the sensor is an immersion type, If its not in liquid it cant read the coolant temp. If you just get a click when you attempt to start could be several things. Starter, battery, solenoid or engine locked up. You should be able to turn engine over by hand using the pulleys.

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