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1997 2500 5.9 prolbems starting

My 1997 Dodge Ram some times starts right up on about the 3or4 revolutions of the enigne.It wil go on this way for 5or6 starts.Then I will try to start it and all it will do is just trun over. I have found that if I trun the key off and on as I'am trying or push in and out on the clutch about the 3or4 time It will start right up. It seems as if there is a bad or corroded connector or wires or maybe the clutch position switch might be going bad. Becouse the clutch needs to be all the way in to start.Can you help me with this? I live in Kingman,Az and this might have somthing to do wiht it. It gets hot heer and some times I haft to clean the fuses that have gotten corroed by the elements of the dust and heat of the valley. Thank you. Rick W.

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  • shifter47 Oct 27, 2008

    ginko: the starter moter has been replaced a few monts ago this has been going on fof a few years now.I know it might be a problem with the igniton or may be the wireing or connectors.but you did not help me at all.I have a 1995KW W900L[Kenworth]I go from cost to cost it did the same thing only it did't crank.I asked Kenworth why they sed they never herd of any thing likc it after 8 years and 10 starters I found a connector back behind the batters whith 3 whires I open it up and it was relly bad. So I cleand them up and havent had a problem after.So pleas pin pont what can be my problem with my Dodge. thank you Shifter47

  • shifter47 Oct 28, 2008

    IT'S a Cummins .If you don't what your talking about don't give your input.KO:



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You are correct in that this is a clutch switch problem. This is the switch that is actuated when you press the clutch in. Either there is a loose connection, or my guess would be that the switch contacts are worn out or corroded. This switch will need to be replaced. If you have an auto zone or napa parts store near you, they will have a manual (if you need it) to locate this switch.

Hope this helps,

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You might either need a new starter or an alternator or you may need a new gas line or clutch. If you have a carburetor, try putting gas directly on the carburetor and try starting it then. If it does not crank right away, you need a new starter or alternator.

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That sounds like a problem with the ignition or with the start motor.

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    Ginko Oct 26, 2008

    The problem is probably with the starter motor,
    the fact that the problems disappear when you leave the clutch a bit, is because the motor have more friction, as he must pull the motor, and this cause the starter motor engaging more easily. However if you keep using this method you can damage the clutch in the long term, and that will be a more expensive repair than replacing a starter motor.
    Read here how to test the starter motor in a similar case.


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