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1997 Dodge Dakota won't start. Steering column does not lock. No power to anything. With the key in and turned on, we could shift into neutral and push inside the garage. It was running great until turned off. Battery is 2yrs old and seems well connected.

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    la gantz Oct 12, 2013

    It was that a connection was broken on the battery and has been fixed, back to running great. Thanks!

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SOURCE: Locked ignition and steering column

either you have the wrong key,or try turning the steering wheel to the right all the way,then turn key,this usually happens when you park the vehicle and the wheels are turned,then the steering wheel locks hard

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I would start with the Starter check for voltage getting to the starter should read 12 volts at both terminals

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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SOURCE: replaced ctm unit and truck won`t stay running.

there are 2 sensor on the carb . you may need to replace both to find out whiche one it is . try this also give it gas while starting and when it starts you will have to keep your foot on the gas a little to keep it running if it runs that way its one of the 2 senors .

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