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1988 Dodge Ram 150 318 V-8 Will not start. Battery good. Cables good.Starter is good. Put key in and Nothing. No clicks, nothing. Does this truck come with a spark igniter? Could this be the problem? Where is the igniter located and what does it look like?

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Checked for start relay & power to it? (under the hood, front side of shock tower & wheel well area.) Have you, or hold on start while moving shifter from park, through all gears slowly to see if any kick? (safety neutral switch)

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Check the starter relay or the ignition moduale which is located behind the distributer

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Greetings!

Let's keep things simple to start with... Check the battery that it has sufficient charge. (I did say to keep it simple). Ensure the gear selector is in Park or Neutral if equipped with an automatic trans, or depress the clutch pedal if equipped with a manual trans.

Lastly, in keeping things simple... check all the fuses and fuse links (special fusible wire) that power is available to your vehicle's electrical system.

With a test light, check the starter relay with the key in start position is energising the starter relay... bypass the starter relay if no power is present. if the starter operates, you now know the problem is located within the start control circuit (from the key switch through the starter relay to ground via a neutral safety switch (auto) or clutch switch (Manual).

finding the fault should be quick with a circuit diagram.

Cheers, Jay

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