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Truck wont start, clicks but wont turn over and start.

We have an 88 dodge ram 50 standard 4 cylinder, and just was running fine, but it left us stranded on the service rd, and looks like the flywheel and/or starter are locked? what do i do?

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Put the car in neutral, brake on, key off. To check if starter is good: bridge the starter big cable post to the small solenoid terminal on the starter. Use a small jumper wire or use a small screwdriver. When you make that connection, the starter should spin and crank the engine over. If nothing, the starter needs testing-probably bad. If the starter tries to spin, if it moves against the flywheel, but doesn't turn the engine over, check if the engine is seized-I doubt it, but anything is possible.
If you bridge the terminals on the starter, and it works, there is a problem in the start circuit from the key switch to the starter solenoid. To get you home, turn the key on, car in neutral, and bridge the starter terminals again-vehicle should start.
Let us know, good luck.

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Chech the voltage at the battery with the key off it should be 12.5 volts going to start it should drop down to 11.5v>10.5v-with the motor running it should be 14.2v-put on a charger overnight and check out in the a m- Denny

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SOURCE: starter runs but won't engage flywheel

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SOURCE: replaced starter on 94 dodge ram 1500 5.9 liter 2

your battery may check out fine, being 5.9 liter take a big amperage to turn that starter over 12volt does not mean a thing, amperage is what count. Every auto part store they sell many types of battery and they all 12V but different amperage. Your battery may check out 12V but amperage may have gotten weak. Check all your negative ground that you have good contact to body chassis. You can also try to get a jump from other truck (friends) that has a higher or same amperage as yours to see if it turn over. using jumper cables connect positive cable straight to your positive post and the negative directly to your motor metal ground and see that will also assist the amperage to turn over that starter. This way we can truly eliminate the battery if it does not start. If that don't work than its you ground connections or positive contact. check both positive and negative cables from your battery making sure the wires is good. Inspect the ground wire to your starter making sure it has good contact. Oil and rust will make give a bad contact. If your hear the serenoid clicking when the key is turn over and you can hear the starter making a strong clicking noise to the flywheel but not able to turn your fly wheel, and we try to jump with addition battery increasing the amperage along with good starter, all the gound wires check out, chances are your motor may be lock up. The only way to check if your motor/flywheel is lock up, take all the spark plugs out that way it will reduce your compression, take a big close end box wrench and put it on the main crank pulley and try to turn the main crank pulley over by hand. Go from there and re-post and let us know, one of us will try to continue to walk you through it.

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