'89 Dodge Dakota 4 wheel drive..starter was bad,took in garage and replaced ,then lost all spark to plugs...rechecked,everything connected o.k.,but no .ignition,just winds over....tried wire from batt. to coil neg and hear noise from pump ..but still no spark at plugs...worked fine until starter changed...I was wondering if any fuses or plug in at the fuse box..will certainly appreciate imput....( mechanic from the '60's, missing normal systems..lol)
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Sounds like you are doing all the right things.
We used to Load Test a Starter Motor by putting it in a Large Vice and connecting a known good battery with solid fat jumper leads.
When the solenoid throws the cog forward to engage we would use a 2 by 4 block of wood levered against the cog to try and stop the starter from spinning. The wood burns up under load but it quickly proves the Starter is functioning under load. Without using the engine.
Also you could try removing the spark plugs on the engine to allow the compression to escape. Make sure NO sparks around to ignite any fuel vapor.
The engine should spin over easily like this and you can hear & see if anything is binding up.
Hope this Helps!
Check for power at the coil. If you have a good power and ground at the coil with no shorts anywhere, and you don't have spark, replace your coil. Try these things and let me know what you find. I hope this info helps! ~subyguru~
you will have to take the steering wheel off and the steering collum apart to find the rod that actuates the real ignition switch..the thing you stick your key in..is not really the ignition switch....its just a key tumbler..and it would be best that a professional replace the key tumbler..because it is difficult to drill out..i know this isnt what you wanted to hear..but i hope it helps
Whenever I have worked on old Hondas with no spark,they have always gotten a salvege yard distributer ....they were well known for going bad inside,whether its a coil or ignition module or whatever inside distributer,the easiest fix is to replace whole thing...good luck...lee
I'm assuming this truck has Power Steering. (my 2000 Dodge Dakota does) Because the power steering pump is causing a strain on the engine when you turn the steering wheel and it is also being strained by putting the truck in 4 wheel drive, A simple tune up might be in order. By tune up I mean spark plugs, spark plug wires, air cleaner, Distributor cap and rotor button. I would also check the timing on the engine and if possible change the fuel filter (The fuel filter is a real bear on this truck because it is in the fuel tank along with the fuel pump and sending unit)