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1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on May 01, 2010

Fuel pressure may be an issue. I would think your low idle is set to low and drops of when you come to a stop. Clogged fuel injectors could cause that also.
A code reader rented from an auto parts store would be a good start to see if its thrown any code.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 18, 2010

The battery with vehicle off should read 12 volts using your power meter, if not its your problem. First I would make sure your power leads to the battery are on really tight, if its wiggles or moves its not tight enough and can casue a short that will drain your battery among other problems. Also never start a vehicle with a battery charger connected and yes, an over charge will damage a batter. Also remember to always take the battery leads off and on in this order: negative off first and on first. If there is excess acid corrosion on the power lead terminations at the battery, clean them with baking soda and water solution, make sure the leads have good connections to the alt. and the power distrabution panel (where are your engine fuses are). Check the negative power lead for proper grounding by using a continuity test: put one tester lead on the power lead termination and the other on a known good grounded source, if there is continuity than you are good, if not troubleshoot the negative lead for a short.
If you can get it started you and still have issues let me know and I can help more from there. Hope this helps, Oh and make sure your friend bought the proper battery with the right ratings for your truck.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

What fuse are you looking for, a Haynes manual from auto zone will have all the fuse and diagram information you need for repairs or troubleshooting, Hope you find what you are looking for.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

First try disconnecting the battery, so the PCM and the error code cache is erased and your computer is reset. If there is a problem they will come back on, if not they will have been cleared and its nothing to worry about.
If that doesn't work let me know and I will walk you through some troubleshooting.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

check your main fuse? switching batteries should do nothing but reset your computer and clear your saved radio stations? something else happened.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

Your most likely will have to remove the door panel-to examine the likage and relays that are also part of the inside of panel-thats the starting point-also power actuaters have known to go out-located and pop riveted to the panel frame.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

If your voltage regulater in the charging system (distributor, altinater, battery, PCM) was replaced then the entire PCM where the volt. regulator nis held should have been replaced, so hopefully it was.
To check the charging system make sure when the truck is running the battery reads 13.5 to 14.5 volts (may go as high as 16) and when not running the battery should be at 12 volts. Any high and low voltages meen that the regulater or PCM are still bad and could be your problem.
to check the wiper circuit, pull its fuse and place a continuity tester over the fuse positions terminals, should have continuity, if not you have a wiring issue and the circuit needs tested at different sections until the break is found. Also the tester to check the wipers ground, place one test lead on a known/good grounding spot and the other on your wiper ground if there is no continuity than you are not grounded and you have to find the short.
You can get a Haynes repair manual that has all circuit diagrams in it, if your able to read circuit diagrams, hope this helps.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

That sounds like an exhaust problem, if your cat. converter is bad your vehicle will start but have loss of power and you will struggle to get to and above 2,000 to if your lucky 4,000 rpms.
A good way to tell is if you run your vehicle for an extended period of time (specially driving), you can get under the vehicle and you might actually see the exhaust system close to the converter is red hot.
Your truck can run without it but it will fail any emissions test you take, it is located between your headers (on the engine block) and exhaust piping under the vehicle.on.
Hope this helps and the cat. converter usually has a manufacturer 5 to 10 year warranty that will cover replacement, if not it should run around $500.00.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Apr 03, 2010

Yes the transmission is the same between the 5.2 and 5.9

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Feb 10, 2010

It is probably your CAD unit on the front axle

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Feb 10, 2010

your heater control valve is shot you need to put one on its located where all the heater hoses hook together

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Jan 15, 2010

you may have a bad wiper motor or a short in something else give these websites a try www.alldatadiy.com and www.autozone.com if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your truck wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Jan 12, 2010

Yep , Cummins even do a variation for different cities in Califonia, they do it by zip code

Ring Cummins and ask them to supply you with your individual version

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Jan 03, 2010

Run a wire from the +on the battery to the + on the coil.Then try and start.If it starts the only way you can turn off is to disconect the wire from the battery to the coil.This will tell you have a wireing problem

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Dec 27, 2009

Ah a code reading device. Flash codes are a thing of the past...

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Dec 12, 2009

Your "wiper transmission" may be bad. Sometimes you can replace the bushings. A parts store may be able to get them for you.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Nov 12, 2009

its possible the horn itself burned out after being on for so long.

1997 Dodge Ram | Answered on Nov 01, 2009

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