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1997 Dodge 3500 Van 360 motor no spark!

This 1997 Dodge van has no spark. The guy said that he noticed that the battery was going dead so he put it on a slow charge and forgot to shut it off until 3 days later. He said that it smelled like sulfur. He then unhooked the charger and tried to start it. It just clicked like the battery was really dead. So he hooked up the charger and turned it to engine start and then tried to start it and it rolled over slowly. So he bought a new battery and tried that but the engine just spun. So I went over and checked all the fuses and then the spark and noticed that it did not have any spark. Where should I start? I checked the wires that go to the coil and all I could get them to read is .271 volts. I don't know what it is supposed to read. Any help would be great! Thanks!

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The battery with vehicle off should read 12 volts using your power meter, if not its your problem. First I would make sure your power leads to the battery are on really tight, if its wiggles or moves its not tight enough and can casue a short that will drain your battery among other problems. Also never start a vehicle with a battery charger connected and yes, an over charge will damage a batter. Also remember to always take the battery leads off and on in this order: negative off first and on first. If there is excess acid corrosion on the power lead terminations at the battery, clean them with baking soda and water solution, make sure the leads have good connections to the alt. and the power distrabution panel (where are your engine fuses are). Check the negative power lead for proper grounding by using a continuity test: put one tester lead on the power lead termination and the other on a known good grounded source, if there is continuity than you are good, if not troubleshoot the negative lead for a short.
If you can get it started you and still have issues let me know and I can help more from there. Hope this helps, Oh and make sure your friend bought the proper battery with the right ratings for your truck.

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