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I have a '96 Dodge Dakota 5.2 V6 4x4 that will not run again the first time we bypassed replacing the neutral safety switch, By connecting a starter switch from the starter wire to the positive cable. It run a about a week then it just wouldn't start. At first I wasn't even getting a spark but I has getting power to my lights and radio. I replaced my ignition switch as well as the part that holds the switch in place. Then it was trying to start, but seemed like it wasn't getting the gas to the throttle body. It was cold and my gas level was low. So I put gas and cleaner into the tank and tried again. At this point my old batter was giving out. I got a jump and it still wouldn't run. Then I replacing the battery and it still wouldn't run. The person who help me with the starter switch told me my fuel pump was bad. So I replaced it with another one by cutting away a piece of the truck bed. The pump is working but it still wouldn't run. I checked the pressure control valve and when I pushed it in gas came out so I know that the gas is getting up to that point. I rented the check engine machine from auto zone. It only showed 1of 1 the throttle position sensor. I replaced that but it still wouldn't run. Then the part guy mentioned trying to replace the throttle/ Air control valve because it could be stuck in the open or closed position not allowing for the proper mixer to in the throttle body, but it still wouldn't run. So I'm completely stumped!! Can someone help me! I'm all out of thing to try. I don't believe it the fuel injectors I mean whats the odds that both of the would go out at the same time?

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    I'll give it a try thank you.

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The car did not start because of electrical problem, could hav been a wiring shorting , or a bad ignition.

When you bypassed replacing the neutral safety switch, you kept using the car with the problem on, and now something else has blown.

You need to test the whole wirings now, do a code scan first, and test ignition and distribution, the injectors should have nothing to do with this.

To test wiring you need the wiring diagrams, buy the Haynes manual.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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undue bypassing the neutral safety switch and check the relays on the fuse panel in the engine compartment near the battery. there may be several that need replacement... my windstar van used to eat them

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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Hi
Replace the thermostat, if that does not cure the issue you have a slight head gasket leak. I am a retired Ford dealer tech and this is what I have found causes this issue.if you think fuel pump one more time see whether oil is in sparkplug The way I would check the fuel pump is to make some voltage measurements with a voltmeter. If the pump were the intermittent problem one could see the voltage fluctuating on the meter. Unfortunately,
the electrical problems require the correct instrumentation to troubleshoot. 

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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    ABHISHEK.C Jan 13, 2009

    I THINK NOW YOU CAN FIX IT EASILY SEE THE DIAGNOSTIC CONNETION WHERE YOU HAVE  TO CHECK



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    ABHISHEK.C Jan 13, 2009

    AKSO I THINK IT MAY BE likely the problem is electrical in nature. So the first thing you should do is see if any codes are stored in the Transmission Control Module (TCM). once we know what those codes are, we can go from there.
    Here's how to do it.


    1. Turn ignition switch and OD switch to ON. Do not start engine. Note:warning and diagnostic code can be read only when the overdrive switch is ON. If OFF the overdrive light will light continuously and will not blink.


    1. Short DG terminal circuit using a service wire, short the terminals ECT and E1.

    2. read diagnostic code. Read the diagnostic code as indicated by the number of times the OD "OFF" light flashes.

    3. Diagnostic Code

      1. If the system is operating normally, the light will blink for 0.25 seconds every 0.5 seconds.

      2. In the event of a malfunction, the light will blink for 0.5 seconds every 1.0 seconds. The number of blinks will equal the first number and, after 1.5 second pause, the second number of the two digit diagnostic code. If there are two or more codes, there will be a 2.5 second pause between each.

      3. Remove the service wire from the DG terminal.
    NOTE: In the event of several trouble codes occurring simultaneously, indication will begin from the smaller value and continue to the larger.
    DIAGNOSTIC CODES:
    NOTE: If codes 62, 63 and 64 appear, there is an electrical malfunction in the solenoid. Causes due to mechanical failure, such as a stuck switch, will not appear.



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Fustrating i know where your comming from its like your chasing gremlens and there one step ahead of ya. lets see if i can help or make it worse, witch sounds as if it can't get any worse. first i know you said you had fuel pressure but just a few pounds off or under will make it sound like it wants to run but it won't, if its fuel injection i think it needs at least 60 to 70 p.s i. throutle body is less, 40 to 50.thies are just estaments you will need to chk. with some one that knows the correct p.s.i. thats where i would start. chk. fuel pressure, at the very least you can eliminate that. if that chk. out ok my next step is timming, crank sensor witch i'am surehas something to do with timming.i would chk. that also to make sure it functioning. also chk. wire going to starter from switch(unless you already did) to make sure power is going there. chk. all fusible links, fuses, broken wires, and also the switch you replaced.i know i havent ben much help but i don't believe in giving advice about something i don't knowmuch about. i work off a lot of common sense. and trial and error.if i helped let me know if i dident let me know too. good luck. OLD SCHOOL.

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Also just check the fuel filter .if its clogged .clean the filters and see if it works.

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Check air control valve

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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    nematics Jan 10, 2009

    may be problem with the wiring

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