Random misfire

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Asked by Feb 18, 2017 at 06:17 PM about the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I could really use some guidance. Last year I sold
my 1996 Dodge 1500 to a buddy... He turned out to
not be a very good buddy. I recently repo'd my truck
after he made on payment of $400 then quit. The
truck has 180,000 on it. He put 16,000 on. When I
got the truck back, it has a random misfire. I
changed it the cap and rotor, wires and plugs and it
is still misfiring. The compression is anywhere
from 90-120. Any ideas on where to check next?
Also, the check engine light is on (of course) and
under load it blinks. Is that an indication of any
certain ailment? Thanks in advance for any and all
help.

3 Answers

81,475

That engine is tired. Those are low compression readings. Cylinders under 100 PSI probably aren't even firing. The flashing check engine light is warning you that the engine is misfiring and damaging the catalytic converter. What I'd do is sell the truck as is for whatever you can get for it. Then sue the other guy in small claims court for the balance owed. That's what a finance company or bank does. This truck is close to the end of it's useful life. I wouldn't spend anymore time or money on it. Don't get "beat" twice on the same vehicle. HTH. -Jim

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Thank you Jim. It really stinks.... I take care of my vehicles, everything was maintained until he got ahold of it. I really didn't want to sell my truck, I was financially strapped after a poor "relationship" decision. I made my decision based on being able to pay for instable debt that was left in my lap. That only got me further in the hole and minus my truck. I still don't want to sell my truck... Again. But maybe you're right. I was really hoping that I could resolve the problem. Thank you again.

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81,475

You're welcome. Glad to help. You may be able to "Band-Aid" it with a set of spark plug anti-foulers. But with poor compression those cylinders will still be weak at best. HTH. -Jim

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