posted on Feb, 27 2017 @ 12:37 PM
I hate playing whackamole when I'm fixing a vehicle.
Lately, my '96 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2. L V8 Magnum has been giving me some issues. It has rough idle/chug when I first start it in the morning, but does
better when it warms up. It doesn't go completely away, just better. I replaced the IAC [ idle air control ] and there's no difference. I'm
planning to replace the coolant temp sensor, since that can have an effect too, but I'm still playing whackamole.
Why am I doing it this way? No codes. No lights. Not one. No "check engine", no nothing.
Now, you'd think if it was a sensor or something like that, I'd get a light. But, no.
And that's what's so frustrating......
Could it be a vacuum hose? Maybe.
Could it be an 02 sensor? Maybe.
Could it be the MAP? Maybe.
Could it be the throttle position sensor? Maybe.
Could the timing be off? Maybe.
It could be one of many things, but with no codes or lights....I'm still playing whackamole.
And, although I haven't brought it up, I am in no financial shape right now to be doing any of this, much less be playing guessing games with parts.
It's my only vehicle and I need this thing to be dependable. It hasn't gone down or even indicated that it's going to just die on me, but I'm
afraid of this getting worse and then I'm really screwed.
....................and I already thought of the "can of gas and a match" approach. Can't afford the extra gas or a match.