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1989 dodge ram 50 turns over but won't start. has spark. is getting fuel.

Was running fine. Decided to do a tune up. Changed spark plugs, wires, cap, rotor, & air filter. Now it won't start. checked the firing order. checked all connections. Did not disconnect the ground wire from the battery prior to changing wires.

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Check the neutral safety switch

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Sounds like you covered everything you did. I would pull the dist. cap back off. Take a good look at your rotor. Does it screw down or push down on. If it has screws that hold it down, take it off and make sure that it isn't 180 degree out. some of the older ones will fit either way but it wont' sit just right. Let me know how you make out.

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  • Brandy Williams Nov 29, 2012

    Okay. I checked it. The rotor is a push down type. It will only go on one way. I tried putting the old rotor back on just to see if it would make a difference, but nothing happened. We have been told that we may have been sold the wrong cap & rotor. We also took off the ballast resistor to see if it was burnt, but it appears to be fine.

  • Terry Hamilton Nov 29, 2012

    Ok. I dont see how it could be your resistor. Because you said it ran before you worked on it. do you still have you old cap and rotor to cpmpare the two?

  • Brandy Williams Nov 29, 2012

    Kind of. The old cap got stepped on and broke into a few pieces. Both the old cap & rotor and the new cap & rotor look slightly different. They are different colors (due to brand I assume), and the rotors are shaped a little differently. It looks as though the new rotor is hitting the contacts on the inside of the cap in a non-uniform pattern leaving marks up & down the entire length of the contacts. The old cap does not have these marks.

  • Brandy Williams Nov 29, 2012

    Took back the cap & rotor & got different ones. Truck works fine now.

  • Terry Hamilton Nov 30, 2012

    I'm glad you got the truck running. I kind of figured it would be something like that. Sometimes its easier to double check than to buy unwanted parts.

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