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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 won't start

While pulling a u-haul trailer on highway, truck just turned off, wouldn't accelerate. Battery was fine, all lights etc. worked. Truck just won't turn over. Clutch?

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  • ajones248 Mar 05, 2009

    I apologize, I am not car savvy. What do you mean turnover? You turn key and radio, etc will come on (no clicking noises or anything). But when you push in clutch and attempt to start, you get nothing. Does that better explain?



    I was just assuming clutch due to having been pulling trailer and driving on highway when this happend. At first glance, since no clicking noise didn't think could be starter and since lights, radio and stuff work I didn't think it'd be electrical.

  • ajones248 Mar 05, 2009

    I still didn't do a good job of explaining.....The truck has power such as the horn, lights, radio, a/c will turn on. But when you attempt to actually "start" truck nothing happens. No engine noises, no nothing. Just a truck that won't start, won't move =0(

  • ajones248 Mar 06, 2009

    I should have at least 12v, first thing I tried was replacing battery with new one and cleaning/checking connectors. But I will check voltage.

  • ajones248 Mar 06, 2009

    It's fixed! It was actually just the coil. Cleaned it off, truck started right up, good as new! Thanks for everyones help!

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    Yeah see mine is doing the same thing, I was replacing a Cd player, and burned my battery out when i accidently touched some wires together, got it replaced and then it ran ok, then a week later a fuse blew, and i replace it, well just today, my truck wont start, the lights come on, so i know the battery is good, but when i try to turn on the ignition, it just does nothing, whats can be my problem? my battery has 12v already, so idk whats going on

  • snipehunter May 11, 2010

    check to see if you have at least 12v at the battery those thing can work at low voltage but the starter need at least 12v to kick. 

  • gbreed May 11, 2010

    will it turn over but not start? if so sounds like the timing belt/chain,

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    something is draining my battery when the truck is off for more than a few hours

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Still sounds like the timing belt/chain to me,especially since it just shut off goin down the road, had a 93 that did the same thing,dodge has a kind of safety switch that if the timing belt breaks the engine will shut down to keep you from tearing anything else up.

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  • gbreed Mar 07, 2009

    glad thats all it was :)

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