I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with 99,000 miles that started this morning just fine. When I went out this afternoon to start it again it wouldn't. I have just replaced the battery and starter in the last six weeks. The engine makes the noise like it's going to start but it won't fully crank over. I'm wondering if it could be the fuel filter or pump? A friend of mine thought she might've smelled gas. I've never had any problems like this before now.
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Re: Engine won't start
Yes, I understand that it does not start. I just want to make sure that I understand correctly. There are 2 things that can happen when you turn the key. Nothing at all, or the engine will make noise but not actually run. I am trying to find out which of the 2 is happening.
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Check the plugs to the computer on the passenger side of the firewall. there are three of them, unplug them, wait ten or eleven minutes and plug them back in. if that does not work you might have a computer problem or a bad ground wire at the battery By the way my 99 has the original plugs, wires, rotor, dist cap, and coil, from the factory. I have driven it every day for 11 yrs. over 12,000 foot mountain passes, four wheeling trips every weekend, and dozens of trips across the country. I have over 260,000 miles on it. I think you get the point... By the way diesel boys this is a gas engine simply well maintained!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The obvious answer is "as short a time as possible". With that said, I usually allow a couple of minutes for fluids to get moving on warm mornings, but up here in Ontario in winter it gets pretty cold some mornings which requires a little extra for defrosting windows etc. I usually try to get moving as soon as it's safe to do so. Idling wastes fuel, contributes to air pollution, and is not good for an engine. Even if you feel better by going easy on the gas for the first few miles, at least your moving.