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1996 Dodge dakota sport 4x4 will not start

O.K. here's the deal...truck had dead cell in battery, tried to charge battery to no avail. Installed new battery and now truck turns over like crazy but will not start. No movement of amp meter needle and only slight movement of fuel gauge [ I know it has fuel I added 5 gal. after I installed new battery...should be showing around 1/4 tank] when key is turned on. Tried the on, off, on, off, on key trick to try to get the obd codes but it didn't work. no codes. All other systems on the truck are go lights, horn, wipers, signals, radio work fine......just will not start !!! checked all fuzes in dash and under hood that I could find and all were good...this has got me crazy...any ideas? It is as if it has shut down the starting circuit...thanking you in advance !!!

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  • patdebruhl Apr 24, 2009

    Thanks, Chryslerguy for such a quick reply...tried the flood clear program but.....no joy....tried four times 20 to 30 seconds each time no vrooom. Didn't even try to fire...Thanks anyway...if you got any more ideas on this....i'm all ears !!!

  • usads Apr 27, 2009

    I have the same problem, same make/model/year. Will replacing the old plugs resolve this?

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It sounds like it may just be flooded. You may have to remove and dry out the spark plugs, or just hold it to the floor as you turn it over to start. The PCM will recognize you're holding the pedal on the floor with no engine rpm's and will not fire the injectors, a clear flood program. You have no codes because you replaced the battery, disconnecting it clears any stored codes. I hope this helps.

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