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2003 dodge dakota will not turn over

Truck started fine yesterday but will not start today. I hear fuel pump turn on and can smell gas in fuel rail but not in throttle body. I do not have a code reader but the check engine light blink 9 times by itself. where should I start with troubleshooting this problem?

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    Lew Muscarella Mar 31, 2014

    Put the key in your ignition and turn it to the "on" position three times. (Insert key, on, off, on, off, on). Leave it in the on position. The trouble codes will be displayed on your digital LED odometer.Be prepared to right them down. You might also want to check the fuses for the ignition. One is under the hood and one is in the cab. This link is a good place to start. You can enter your code here also and it will help with the meanings of the codes.



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Get codes read at parts store or get friend with scanner to check them. Note: you should not smell fuel in throttle body as fuel never goes there. Could be bad crank sensor/cam sensor, fuse for ignition, module, others.

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SOURCE: 95 dakota cranks but wont start

Well I'm a chrysler master tech & this is a little odd. There's alot of things not in the question so here are mine. I'm assuming it's a 3.9 no 4wd. When did this happen? When you check for power do you have some one turn the key on while you check? If still no power then make sure all the fuses are good from the one under the hood to the one inside the cab. Next be sure to check the grounds. You'll need to by a manual like a Haynes in order to get a decent wiring diagram. In a worst case senario the main power box under the hood has an issue & the asd relay gets no power,hence no start. Ran into it on a 95 caravan & it took a week to figure it out & no replacement was available & I had to hard wire it so it would run. Hope this helps.

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