Put on you thinknig caps, 2002 dakota won't start
First time user here, lets see how it goes...
2002 DODGE DAKOTA 3.9 QUAD CAB 2WD, 150K.
My truck will not start. It was overheating due to a radiator leak. Replaced radiator. Overheated again I think because there was stop leak and egg whites used to plug the radiator leak prior to replacement that were still in the cooling system. I don't think it got flushed completely. Anyways, it overheated and the upper hose assembly exploded. Anti-freeze everywhere and hoses and hose springs everywhere. I got a new upper hose assembly from the dealer and replaced it. I filled with antifreeze and started it and test drove it.
The next morning it would not start. After several minutes of turning the key it started. It rough idled for about 10 seconds then smooted out. It idles at 1600 rpm now. The check engine light came on and I went to auto zone and they got error code for cylinder 4 misfire.
I replaced all plugs, wires and it started up. The next morning it would not start again. Again, after several minutes of trying to start it it started. It rough idled about 10 seconds then smoothed out again. I noticed while driving if I got up to 55 and let off the gas and cruised, it would seem like the truck was hesitating off and on like it would slow, then cruise, then slow, then cruise in a timely manner.
The check engine light came on again and this time the OBD codes said cylinders 2,3,4,5 misfire. I replaced the distributor capp and pick up coil. I replaced the ignition coil, the engine temp sensor, thermostat. It started again and seemed to run fine. Until I got out of work and it would not start again. It had been sitting for over 6 hours while at work. Once I get it started after several minutes of trying I can turn it off and IT WILL START RIGHT UP WHILE ITS WARM. But the next morning it will not start.
I got a fuel pressure tester and it read 50 psi which was correct. I turned off the engine and did not lose pressure so I know the fuel pump is good and there are no leaks.
I took it over to the Dodge dealership and they had it for 4 days before telling me it was the intake manifold gasket and plennum pan gasket and it would cost $680.00 to fix. I bought the gaaskets and did the job myself and saved myself $570.00. After cleaning everything and putting it all back together it started right up. I took it for a test drive and everything seemed good. UNTIL NEXT MORNING WHEN IT WOULD NOT START.
By now I have to try to start it until my battery is almost dead, then I get my jumper cables out and jump it with the neighbor's car. After several minutes it finally starts and rough idles then smooths out again.
I have tested the resistance on all sensors and electrical connections and they are all good.
I AM AT A LOSS FOR IDEAS. PLEASE HELP ME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Sorry for the lengthy post but I wanted you to know the whole situation. And by the way, my check engine light hasn't produced any codes lately.