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Wont start Ive got a 98 dodge dakota with a 2.5l 4 cylinder. It was running but had a blown head gasket so I changed the head gasket and then it just wont start. I checked my connections that I took loose and all of them are fine and I checked the grounds and all of them are fine. My problem is that the gas gauge isnt working at all and the odometer is flashing and it wont start. What do I do?

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  • bil96ram Nov 11, 2008

    I really do appreciate the help but I was able to figure it out it was two ground wires that were back behind the intake. But I do appreciate the responce! Thanks!

  • burry878 Jan 04, 2009

    i have a 98 dodge dokata and the gauges are not working but the lights are on .

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    Jeremiah Meyer May 11, 2010

    I would start by checking to see if you pinched a wire harness somewhere in your endeavours with changing the head gasket. Also does the starter turn over? Or is it nothing at all?



    Thanks JC

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Bill,

Your welcome. Good to hear you got it running again! Let me know if you need anything at all!

Sincerely,

JC

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