When driving the check engine light comes on and the fuel peddle stops working. on 1998 Dodge Ram 2500

When I am driving down the road, either with the cruise on or not, the engine will simply stop (as in it is not getting fuel)and the fuel peddle will not work. After I pump it a time or two the engine again comes to life and I am on my way. The check engine light stays on for a day or two and then goes out until it happens again. If I am on cruise control the peddle drops to the floorboard and will not reengage until I have put the transmission into neutral. Help

by in Trout Lake, WA on March 11, 2011
1 answer
ANSWER by on March 11, 2011
When the check engine light comes on, the computer in your car sees a fault. If there is a fault the computer deems dangerous enough to cause damage to the powertrain the computer takes over and over rides the driver not allowing full throttle or putting the transmission and engine in "safe mode". If the problem goes away or is intermittent the computer in your car monitors for the fault and when it doesn't see the fault occur under the same criteria it had seen the fault it may then turns off the light and allow the vehicle operate normally. A code is probably still stored in the computer of your car (may be stored as a pending code) and requires a scan tool to retrieve the stored code. The code will indicate where the problem is and what items to investigate.