Question about 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab
Truck won't start when i turn the key thers power with the lights and radio. but it seems like no power to the starter. i got the starter checked it was good. i checked the positive cable it's good what can it be
It may be your starter solenoid. The ignition key only engages the solenoid not the starter itself. If the solenoid is jammed it wont engage and switch power to the starter motor. you can easily check this by locating the heavy cable lugs on the solenoid (a metal tube about 1.5 inches in diameter normally mounted on or next too the starter motor) and shorting them with a wrench. You will get as spark but the starter should spin. If this happens you know it is the solenoid that is the problem.
You can sometimes free a stuck solenoid by tapping it gently with a hammer. However a more permanent solutionis to take it off and clean it, It may be jammed because the steel core is jammed in the coil. Fix this by cleaning. Otherwise the electrical contacts at the end may be damaged or dirty. Clean these up and make sure they contact properly. Use electrical switch cleaner.
Posted on Oct 10, 2008
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