I drove it and then the next day it won't start. I had the starter tested and it is good. All the lights and sensors light up when the key is turned to start and the starter doesn't work. Could it be the neutral switch on the side of the transmission or could the ignition be bad? I can't afford to buy a book so any help would be greatly appreciated.
I know this is gonna sound silly but turn the key on pull the shifter into drove, then put it back in park sharply. i had the same problem and all it was is it wasnt hitting the neutral safty switch cause the cable was streched a little
I had the same problem 2001 ram 2500.I ran a new starter relay wire from under my steering column to my firewall to bypass alarm, starts fine now. If you want to drive it,pull the starter relay, key in on position and jump the relay,use a test lite to find the ground coming off the neutral switch,you don't want to jump power to that terminal.any of the other 3 won't hurt anything,just find the one that runs the starter...good luck. RM
I dont know if you figured it out yet, but my truck was doing the exact same thing. I thought it was my factory alarm causing it because it has the starter disable...but it was not. It was actually the harness on the underside of the steering column that had came loose. I grabbed my harness and wiggled it while holding the ignition in the start position. This is pretty typical in Dodge Ram trucks. Good luck and I hope you fixed it.
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Turn the headlights on and watch them while the key is turned to start. If the lights go out, one of your cables or connections at battery or starter is not good. If lights dim a lot but stay on, possibly a bad starter, it needs testing. If lights aren't affected by cranking position, turn lights off, pull the small wire off the starter solenoid, hook up a test light to ground and to the solenoid wire. Light should come on when key is held in crank. If it does, likely a bad starter solenoid. If no light, then the start circuit from ignition switch to starter solenoid is not working. Check for power out of ignition switch on the start wire with key in crank, to begin with. If powered, switch is good, need to check if neutral safety switch is good, and then check or swap in a new starter relay. Post back with any results. Good luck.
could have faulty starter or starter solenoid.hook test light make you a test light with longer wires and 12 volt bulb with socket go junk yard find good bulb with socket.hook test light to starter and see if test light lights up if so your starter or starter solenoid has a open winding. if test light dont light up could have blowed fuse to transmission neutral switch or neutral switch could be bad.try to start vechicle in neutral if vechicle starts your transmission neutral switch out of adjustment or neutral switch faulty check make sure wires going to neutral switch is damaged.
make sure all grounds are clean and area of metal that ground wire's bolt to are clean and rust free if that check's out ok there could be a break in a wire going to the starter and most starter's have two wire's going to them and those both need to have power going to them one drop's off when key is turned to starting mode volt meter work's good for this or test light or the starter could be bad
This is most likely the battery, sometimes you can have enough power for dome lights and radio, but not enough "Cranking Amps" to start the vehicle. Charge it, or take it to an Auto zone or something. They will charge it and test it for free.
Is the lights being on draining the battery, if not then you have two problems, first check the lights, unplug connector from headlight switch and see if that turns lights off, if so then replace the headlight switch, next is the starting if battery is fully charged and nothing happens when key is turned then i would start by checking the starter, with a test light have someone hold the key in the start postion while you test starter, the back of the starter seliniod you will see two connections, one is a big connection with a battery cable going to it, that cable should have power at all times then theres a small connection next ti the big one with a small wire, thats the trigger wire that should have power when key is in the start postion, if theres power to both then replace the starter and thats the starting problem. good day.