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96 Dodge Diesel, ignition switch

Engine runs only when you hold the key in start position, dies when you let go of the key.

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Inside engine compartment, look for injection pump, on side or top you will find an electrical connection, that connection comes from Your Key, it is an on and off electric valve, if You bring 12V power strait from the battery and clip it to that valve, go and try starting car, if car runs, after Your key or a Relay, my be defective, look for oil and coolant level, and Diesel Filer

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