Then lights come on the dash when I turn the key and I can hear the AC running but I get nothing from the engine. Tries to turn over but will not even if I push the accelerator. The battery is only a few months old. Not sure if it is the alternator, starter or if the cables and posts on the battery just need a good cleaning. Upon visual inspection the battery posts look clean. Oil level is good. Any ideas anyone?
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I had a similar problem years ago. As long as your dash lights come on, it's likely you can use an external pushbutton switch to run the starter. There are likely just 4 wires on the ignition switch. Power from the battery, and switched to:
main car stuff (dash lights, ignition, signals, etc)
splice in wires from battery and starter to new switch, and you're good to go. This worked for years on my old car.
Replace the starter solenoid. Make sure you hook the wires back properly. Try jumping across the solenoid with cables to see the starter crank. That makes a direction to the starter. That's what the solenoid does. It connects those 2 cable ends together to make the starter crank over.
Do a quick check on battery, get someone to watch the headlights turn them on and then turn the key to the start position, if the lights go out then your battery is either completely discharged or has gone bad.
What fault codes do you have? to check for fault codes using the check engine light blink method do the following, turn the key to run and then off, then to run and then off, then to run and watch the check engine light, count the blinks, there will be a pause and then more blinks, that is the code(s) So lets say it blinks 2 times and then 5 times, that is code 25. Google the code or codes under the heading: "Dodge OBD1 fault codes"
it may be the pump fuel relay, which is under the dash on the driver side by the fuse panel.
here is a way to determine that.
when you turn the key on the on position
do you hear the fuel pump running while the engine light is on, and does the pump stop running afteer the engine light goes off?
if you do hear the pump running then it means that fuel pump is working fine ( since it way just replaced), but if you don't hear it running while the check engine light is on ( about 2 seconds) chances are the fuel pump relay is not working as it should.
also there are clicks that have to be heard on the starting process.
1 when you turn key to on possition
2 when the check engine light goes off( a click has to be heard just after it goes off)
3 after the car starts
If you don't hear this clicks, try to get your ear close the location of the fuel pump relay( near the fuse panel under the dash).
the fuse relay is just a bunch of circuits soldered, so you can get it to someone who knows how to solder and fix it.
or just get a replacement one at any junkyard. ( cheapp)
need to change the pick up coil in the distributor it has i belive its a plug in with 2 wires black and white.i had the some problem the car would run for a few miles then would just turn off when hot then would start up the part ran me about 20 bucks