Are my pistons shot if I suspect gas in my oil?


Asked by Mar 04, 2015 at 02:17 PM about the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4 Dr ST 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: General

Did an oil change on New Years Eve, kept oil level full. Attempted to start truck for work on Feb. 20th.Temp. was -6 F. Hasn't started since. Thought fuel lines were frozen. Tried to defrost. No pressure at Schrader valve on fuel rail. Checked dip stick, level way above full line and smells like gas. Don't want to cont. cranking motor. Has 217427 mi.

1 Answer

Bob Beaman

Sometimes fuel injected engines are easy to flood during severely cold weather. Not having fuel pressure at the rail during cranking may indicate frozen fuel line or filter (due to water), bad fuel pump or bad fuel pump relay. The best way to "unflood" one that has been flooded is to crank the engine with the throttle pedal to the floor. If you hold the pedal to the floor the injectors will not inject fuel. That will do nothing to fix the no fuel pressure issue. Also removing and changing the spark plugs will help a severely flooded engine. You need to get it running and then change the oil and filter.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Dodge Ram 1500 Questions

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

#1 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 5,260
#2 pudgybear
Reputation 5,000
#3 dandyoun
Reputation 4,670
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150"
3,271 Great Deals out of 216,769 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500"
2,484 Great Deals out of 144,286 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Ram 2500"
160 Great Deals out of 5,800 listings starting at $2,289
Used GMC Sierra 1500"
1,061 Great Deals out of 56,419 listings starting at $2,400
Used Toyota Tacoma"
645 Great Deals out of 30,453 listings starting at $2,850
Used Dodge Dakota"
168 Great Deals out of 4,811 listings starting at $900
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty"
467 Great Deals out of 42,870 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Ram 3500"
109 Great Deals out of 2,483 listings starting at $4,995
Used Ford Mustang"
770 Great Deals out of 41,446 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Wrangler"
456 Great Deals out of 16,357 listings starting at $2,395

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
94 Great Deals out of 1,588 listings starting at $4,695
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
56 Great Deals out of 1,306 listings starting at $5,999
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
81 Great Deals out of 1,762 listings starting at $4,500
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
71 Great Deals out of 1,734 listings starting at $3,595
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 1,609 listings starting at $1,795