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I have a 2006 Ram 1500 mega with 5.7 hemi that will not start. A few days ago all was fine with it, turned over and started without any hesitation. Something drained the battery to near dead overnight. I jumped the battery and the engine turned over, started and then quit after a second or two. I repeated the same process three times with exactly the same results. On my fifth try, I got absolutely nothing from turning the ignition. No clicking from the starter, not even a single click. I can hear something under the truck like a pump or something run for a second or two then stop, but nothing else. Everything else electrical is working in and on the truck. I let it charge over night, still nothing. I replaced the battery with a new battery that was meant for the model, and still nothing. I have checked the load and voltage and all is well on the battery. I rapped on the starter and it did not make any difference. I checked all the possible fuses that could be related and they all appeared to be fine. I am not sure if it is the starter because it just stopped working instantly, no hesitation, or weird actions between the point that it was working fine and then silence. What do you think? Bruce

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    Bruce Mitteer Oct 15, 2013

    By the way the truck is an automatic trans.

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My first thoughts are that it likely has a bad positive lead from battery to the starter. This can be very difficult to cheack, because of it's a partial break, then a multimeter would show that "something" is getting through, but it could be worn or frayed enough that the propper current is not getting through. (This is a problem I am still having on my own van, but since it only refuses to start 1 out of 200 uses, I've been in no rush to track it down, and just wiggling the possitive near the battery temporarily fixes it for about the next 200+ uses).
If you know how, it may be a good idea to remove the starter and do a direct jumper test from the battery to the starter using something like jumper cables, if you have not tried it yet, and shorting the solenoid terminal momentarily to see if it's a bad starter or solenoid, before digging deeper into other troubleshooting.

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Check all engine grounding points and main battery to engine frame connection. funky electrical problems usually are related to bad ground circuits.

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