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Trouble starting I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota V-6 2 Wheel Drive; It has had a full tuneup, new plugs, distibutor cap, new temp sensor, radiator, front end, tires etc. My problem is It will not start like it is suppose to I have to use starter fluid and then it starts and runs great. I can hear the fuel pump when the key is turned on so what could possibly be the problem? If I shut it off after finally starting it then it will not restart.

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It could be a power problem or a bad wire splice feeding power to the engine computer. The computer isn't getting enough current to run the injectors or spark until the alternator kicks in. Just an idea....
On mine, it was a splice located next to the battery inside a bundle of wires.

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