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Not starting my 97 dakota always started easy, and ran good (occasional idle problems). Went to school and work yesterday, started right up ( as usual) each time. Next morning went out to go to work and nothing happen. It just cranked over and over. Didn't even sound like it wanted to start. friend spray some starting fluid in it and still nothing.( didn't even ignite the spray) could it be a computer problem?

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  • Arnhof Jan 07, 2009

    I have a similar problem except that mine won't turn over. Thought it was a dead battery but it wasn't. Could it be a sending unit? It seems as if there is no power going to the starter. It ran fine yesterday then this morning nothing which lead me to believe dead battery.

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I have a similar problem that occurs occasionally. The engine will not start but all electronics turn on as I turn the key. Every time this happens (about every 3months) I disconnect the battery and reconnect. The truck starts fine every time I do that.

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Air/fuel/spark. check the 3, and then do a dummy test. I know , im not insulting you, but my dakota wont start if my gascap isnt screwed down all the way, it throws a sensor and it wont start. So just do all the dummy stuff you know has to be done to start it, put it in park, close all the doors, stuff like that, never know, could be something simple. if not, as above, Air/fuel/spark. need all 3 to start an engine.

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