Ram lost power and died while driving, now won't run.

Asked by Oct 06, 2017 at 12:14 AM about the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair


My 97 Dodge Ram 1500 lost power today. I was driving a few miles with
power cutting out off and on and then it completely died. For while it would
start and run and drive a bit before losing power again and sputtering until it
cut out. After trying that a few times it will now turn over and fire but die
immediately. The longer I seem to wait to start the engine, the longer it will
run before it dies again, though even if I get it started it will idle and then run
real rough and die again. Stepping on the gas to try to keep it going does
nothing. When I was able to drive it I would step on the gas and periodically
it would just do nothing (no rev no nothing).

I accidentally cleared a check engine code because I had the battery
unplugged, but I had it scanned a month ago and code P0449 came up
because my charcoal canister is busted and the line would get clogged (I
cleared it and meant to replace it but didn't get to it yet). Could this have
something to do with it? Could that gunk up the O2 sensor or something? I
unhooked the canister completely to see if it would run but no difference.

I imagine this is a fuel problem, but I don't even know where to begin. With
these symptoms, what would you try first? Something you would replace
first? Or a way to test something? Thanks much for any and all help!

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