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Dodge Ram 1500 Mis-Indexed Distributor May Cause Surging/Bucking During Acceleration

Dodge Ram 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006

Average Mileage: 95,466 mi (12,400 mi - 150,000 mi)


A surging or bucking during acceleration can be caused if the distributor is moved or mis-indexed. This is a result of the cam and crank position sensors being out of synchronization. Wear of the oil pump drive gear can cause similar symptoms because it allows excessive free play in the distributor drive. The distributor drive gear and bushing should be replaced if the rotor tip moves back-and-forth more than 3/16th of an inch when checking drive gear free play.

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