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1988 Doge Ram will not turn over.

Battery is good. Starter is good. Cables are good.
Put key in the ignition, shows power. Turn key on nothing happens , no clicks, nothing happens.
Is there a spark igniter with this truck? Could that be the problem?

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Little more info please, ram, what model ? Engine?

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Check your starter relay in the power distribution center. if you are not getting any crank. with a test light or dvom you can check the small signal wire on your starter solenoid when the key is in the crank position there should be power on this wire. it sounds like you are not getting signal to the starter from the ignition switch

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