Have 1988 ram that cranks but wont start after sitting unused all summer. Use as snow plow. I replaced the ignition coil but it didnt fix it.

Asked by Dec 16, 2014 at 01:27 AM about the 1988 Dodge Ramcharger

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Probably water in gas tank, or gas has just gone bad. If it had E10 when parked, and 90% of gasoline sold today is E10 or higher alcohol [http://www.fuel-testers.com/state_guide_ethanol_laws.html ], it has a shelf-life of 90 days.[http://www.fuel-testers.com/expiration_of_ethanol_gas.html ] Now, if you put Sta-Bil or some other stabilizer in it before parking, it will last longer, but only if full when parked. This is a long-winded way of just saying it's probably a fuel problem. Drain what's in there, put some fresh gas in and maybe some injector cleaner. I am usually not real big on gas additives but this is an exception.

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