Stall while backing up

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Old 08-20-08, 03:11 PM
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Stall while backing up

Hi,

I have a 2003 Dodge Dakota that while backing up into the driveway, it will stall out. Once I start it up again, I can back it up and it will sort of hesitate a little, but eventually go up the driveway. The driveway is a small incline, less than 45 degrees, about 20 feet long. I also park in a parking garage with a level parking space and have no problems backing up into those spaces. Could it be the heat after driving it home? Currently, there is about 1/2 tank of gas, so it is getting plenty of gas to climb up the small incline.

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Old 08-20-08, 06:24 PM
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So you BACK up your driveway (that is on an incline) instead of go up the driveway frontwards?

Can you tell us about the trip home and how you stop at your driveway and when it kills? I'm trying to figure out that when you back it, that to get into the driveway, wouldn't you have to stop on the street first and then back up? If so, it doesn't kill on the street? Only in your drive? Does it kill when you are actually driving it backwards?, or are you stopped for some reason first (like to get your mail at the mailbox) and then try to go in reverse?
 
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Old 08-20-08, 06:52 PM
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I work about 40 miles away from home. When I get home, I have to stop to put the vehicle in reverse and then start backing up the driveway. I will start going up the incline and it will slowly start to loose power and then stall, almost like it isn't getting gas. It doesn't stall on the street. If I pull forward in the driveway, it doesn't stall. If I back up on level ground, it doesn't stall.
 
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Old 08-20-08, 07:26 PM
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it will slowly start to loose power and then stall, almost like it isn't getting gas.
Ahhh. A clue. But my allotted time to post is over. Have a good evening.
 
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Old 08-21-08, 06:44 AM
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Fill up the tank and see. My Dodge has symptoms I am running low on gas at 1/4 tank, and no symptoms above that.

The fact it only does it in reverse up incline shows the heat of engine is not any prime cause in and of itself. It is just the tilt of the vehicle. And the fact stopping and going in reverse also does not cause the symptom. Only the tilt is the only factor.
 
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Old 08-21-08, 06:49 PM
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Maybe you will find that if you fill up the tank after it does the stalling, that you'll get more gas in your tank than you thought. Maybe the sending unit is out of whack.
 
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