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My 2004 dodge dakota V8 automatic had a bad water pump and thermostat. I changed both but not the fan clutch seemed to be in good shape. After I changed the water pump and thermostat I put the battery in the truck drove it around an it was sputtering at slower speeds and as I backed up an acted like it was gonna die. When I got home I checked under the hood an the engine was smoking a little but since that night it hasnt. The heater blew cold but I burped the truck an its hot again. After all that I shut the engine off an tried to start it up an the truck wouldnt turn over or have any lights come on. So I went to autozone had the battery checked and they said it was good. I put the battery back in and it worked after cleaning the clamps. The truck still is sputtering like before an now there is a hiss sound when I shut the engine off. I cleaned the throttle body but I havent checked my spark plugs or wires yet I just dont have the money to take it to a mechanic. please help

Hi Anthony,
The best approach would be to get any fault codes that may be stored in the memory of the engine control module. Use the ignition key: turn it "on-off-on-off-on and leave on" doing that in 5 seconds of less elapsed time. Then watch the odometer window to see the mileage reading be replaced by a 4-digit number(s) preceded by a P. Let me know what you find and we'll go from there. Also, which size V-8 do you have there, 4.7 or 5.9?

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