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Old March 22nd, 2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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5.9L Stalling, Wont Idle. Possible mice damage?

My truck is a 02 Ram. 5.9L I drove it for the first time in a couple months this past Friday. I reached my destination after about 20 min. (No issues) I went to leave about 10 min later and my truck started really weak like the battery was dead. It fired up but stalled after a few seconds. I discovered i had to stay on the gas to keep it running. I struggled to get it home, throwing it in neutral at stop lights and reving it up to keep it running.
I thought it was a alternator problem, but i tested it today and its good. I put a new one on it just to see if it made any difference, but it did not change anything. But what i did notice while swapping alternators was some mice shit on top of my motor. Im really hoping mice didnt get into somewhere and really mess stuff up. Any ideas on what might be happening?
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Old March 24th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #2
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Major misfire, with the mice issue being present, I would start checking your wiring through out the engine bay. They love to chew wiring. Good luck
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #3
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Major misfire, with the mice issue being present, I would start checking your wiring through out the engine bay. They love to chew wiring. Good luck
damn i hate electrical. but i guess i gotta start somewhere...
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #4
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Check the air cleaner also. They seem to head there first. It might just be starving for air at low RPM's.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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I had a mouse built a nest under the air tube on top of the throttle body once. Still don't understand how the mouse even got in there. Check the filter area, the tube, and throttle body area to make sure they didn't plug it up.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #6
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If your battery went low enough it may have reset adaptive memory, and you may need to relearn the idle. Too do this start the truck and bring the rpm's above 2000 slowly decrease them until idle is reached and the iac should relearn its min air flow position.
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