I have 1998 dodge Dakota it will start easy but runs about 5 seconds and die.

Asked by Nov 25, 2016 at 11:54 AM about the 1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have 1998 dodge Dakota 3.9 5 speed it will start easy but runs about 5
seconds and die. Borrowed a snap on diagnostic scanner not real familiar
with,but went threw complete systems check,  took 2 hrs says no codes. As
soon as dies can turn key off for start right back up for 5 seconds can keep it
running as long as spray starting fluid in intake. I have checked fuel pressure
valve seems to have fuel.thinking a grounded wire or something like that any
ideas plz.

4 Answers

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MAF? Disconnect it and see if it continues. It will be right by the air filter. If that isn't it, grab a propane torch if you have one and open it up (dont ignite) and trace the hoses around the engine, if you hear the engine rev you found a leak. There is also an idle air control valve, they get gummed up but you can sometimes remove them and spray them out with a degreaser, engine cleaner, brake cleaner etc and get some more life.

5

Sounds like you may have a Fuel pump issue.

I have tried disconnecting Iac , maping,and throttle position with no change

And not sound harsh using my woman's tablet so not. Ignorant woman just stumped

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