I Pick up that won't start. It has aplenty of juce and turns over good. The gas gage stoped working with the onset of this proplem - I know it has 7/8 of a takn of gas in it. Any ideas? I am curently stuck in Mexico
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Re: 2000 1500 ram truck turns over, but wont start.
First check the fuses. Then check for power at the fuel tank wiring going to the sending unit for power. also check the grounds coming from the sending unit neither the fuel gauge or the fuel pump will work properly with no ground. mike
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When problem is ongoing, if it cranks good but won't start, have a helper crank it while you visually check for spark at the spark plugs. If spark everywhere, use a gage and check proper fuel pressure and fuel injector pulse.
How long since a tune-up? Any applicable trouble codes? At the moment, I'm not sure what the fuel gage has to do with it? You could check voltage and ground for the fuel pump and fuel gage sending unit. I haven't looked at any of your wiring, yet.
ok iif the instrument cluster does not work.. before i give a solution can you tell me if it have atach and temp gage not a temp gage witha idiot light but a actual temp gage.. because if temp gage and fule gage hands are not in their proper place like if yo uhave a 1/4 tank of gas and it reads way past full and the temp gage is gone out of site way past say 240 degrees then it is your speedo head .. have this trouble the other day on a chevy 2002 cavalier.. replaced the head and wahla the car started. it seems the speedo head is tied in with the computer system on these cars.. and if the tach is not working you need not worry if you cannot find a head with a built in tach.. a normal speedo head with out the tach part will also work.. just when you change the head count the pins on the old one and compare it to the new one if they match then just plug it in and car should start..
That dash board uses ribbon connectors to connect to the wiring harnesses. Make sure the connectors haven't come free. You can pick up a used one that works from a parts yard for about $25 and replace the old one. This all assumes that the fuses for the dash are in good working order. The only reason I recommend replacing the cluster is because you lost too much at once and this could be caused by a short on the board that controls it all.