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2000 Dakota 3.9 V6 wont start just cranks, has plenty of fuel

Something is keeping it from starting im sure its in the electrical but i dont know how to check, it has plenty of gas, i can even smell it trying to flood out, and the battery is real strong, but it has no sounds of firing, just cranking.

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  • randystrei Jan 26, 2009

    No alarm on dakota

  • gorepie Mar 05, 2009

    2000 dakota 3.9 V6 cranks but won't start. I've installed new plugs, distibuter cap, rotor, and ignition coil. still not getting any spark.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    pull a spark plug wire and see if there is spark... careful you don't get zapped.



    Robert

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    is there an alarm system on it ?

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I agree that it's probably the Crankshaft Position Sensor (CPS).  Without the pulse from this sensor, you vehicle will never start.  Sometimes water from a leaking water pump will run down onto this sensor and cause it to fail.  
You can go to MSN Auto for your vehicle and under the "Reliability" tab  you will see the same thing regarding the CPS (listed under Engine issues).

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Very possible the crank sensor went out or the timing is off

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