i have a 2003 1500 and i have a hard time getting it started and when it is started it doesn't want to stay running,

Asked by Mar 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab SB 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

also just recently i have replaced the radiator and someone told me i might have blown a
head gasket, could that be part of the problem?

4 Answers

37,665

Did you replace the radiator because it was running hot all the time? Did you drive it when it was over heating? If you did it a good possibility that the head gasket is blown.

12,805

Water in the oil is a dead giveaway. Are you getting any codes?

haven't checked any of that yet, just happened. so just check for water in the oil and if that's ok, what is your next suggestion?

12,805

Hard starting engine without being there is hard to diagnose without a code to pinpoint a particular problem, because the PCM relies on so many inputs from various sensors. It could be fuel delivery, weak or no spark at one or more cylinders? When was the last tune up on the truck?

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