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Changed water pump on 1994 dodge dakota sport

Now it will not start, no spark to engine. have checked plugs, coil, distributor cap, rotor, wires and still nothing. even wires feeding the coil do not appear to be producing 12 volts

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I have a 94 dodge dakota sport 5spd. I had that same problem recently. Thought it was the pickup coil, so I changed it and my truck would still not start. And the rotor and there was still nothing. Then I changed the Crank Sensor and THAT was why it wouldn't turn over.

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Hi my name is Allen!
Not sure how changing a water pump could cause a no start, but it sounds like the main Ignition Fuse may have blown some how, or you accidently knocked a connector loose some where. Check the PCM and make sure all the connectors are plugged in tightly.

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