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99 Dodge Durango v8 5.2 L crank no start changed Distributor cap & rooter, spark plugs, and ignition coil and still won't start

I bought this truck less than a month ago and 3 days later took it to the car wash & while washing my truck it stalled out & died and wouldn't start again (it would crank but no start) so had it towed home & the next day I tried to start it and it started just fine. It drove like nothing had ever happened until it came a storm one day and started raining and the same thing happened only this time it started back up 45 mins later so I took it back to the dealer and they said it was missing a seal that goes on the hood to keep water from leaking under the hood so they changed that and I thought it was fixed until a few days later my son borrowed the truck and decided to be nice & go wash it for me and the exact same thing happened again but this time it didn't crank back up later so we had it towed home again & had someone change the distributor cap and rooter and spark plugs and it still wouldn't start so my husband changed the ignition coil and it started & ran for 2 to 3 mins and then died again!!!! Now it will not start again...We can hear the fuel pump kicking on when we turn the key and smell gas when we try to start it but it sounds as if it is starved for gas or something because it tries to start but doesn't like it isn't getting enough gas. Oh and we changed the fuel relay also and nothing...I think it could me possibly the crankshaft sensor or the TPS sensor, can anyone else give me a idea what to check next please because my husband & I are separated and was lucky he helped me with what he did but he gave up and told me basically I'm on my own but I can't afford to pay a mechanic a lot of $ to fix something that still won't fix it! Thanks in advance for any advice yall can give me!

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  • chris lee Apr 21, 2014

    ignition control module

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    Jerry Kramer Apr 22, 2014

    I hate to see you keep replacing things here which will eventually work but a lot of money put out. I wouldn't say wasted because you will be set for some time. I would put a remote start in line and bypass all ignition components. If you get it to start this way then you can start eliminating other items.


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The problem is not with fuel. your car has an electrical problem. check the ignition system . check the wires beginning from the ignition coil to the distributor. check wiring system in engines room and then check fuses.usually this car creates a very weak spark condition which in cold damp, snowy days, will not allow the vehicle to start.

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I have same problem I am changing the crankshaft sencer
because it controls the gas and power to coil thats got to be it.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

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    Sami Robinson Apr 26, 2014

    the crankshaft sensor has nothing to do with this problem because it has a mechanical distributor for spark plugs


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It still sounds to me like you are not getting spark. Re check the spark plugs that they are properly tightened and that the plug wires are connected. I am thinking this is from the distributor cap to the spark plug where the problem is.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014

Testimonial: "I've actually had to mobile "mechanics" come do the distributor cap and rooter & Spark Plugs yesterday and my husband thought the same thing so he checked each one of the spark plugs and wires and took the spark plugs out and they where full of gasoline so he cleaned each one and calibrated them because these so called mechanics didn't correctly calibrate them and also they had the cables all out of sequence so he fixed that and we thought it would start after that but no luck and thats when he replaced the ignition coil and STILL no you think it could be the ignition coil wire, crankshaft sensor,or the throttle position sensor? That's the only 3 things I could think that it could still be....but I am a "woman" and definitely not a mechanic so I am still open for any advice anyone can give me and thanks in advance!"

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  • skruzloose Apr 21, 2014

    sounds like you are losing power to the coil when it gets wet or damp this is what I suggest when running take a spray bottle of water and start spraying around the coil and the coil to distributor wire etc. til you might hear i start to stall out or completly die that should narrow it down

  • skruzloose Apr 21, 2014

    I'm sure this is an ignition problem i have heard of people drying the area around the coil and distributor with a hair dryer too and that working

  • chris lee Apr 21, 2014

    try the ignition control module mine done the same thing its kinda expensive but it is easy to replace yourself

  • Rhonda Callejas Apr 21, 2014

    is that the same as a ignition coil? Because if so we did change that & it still doesn't start.

  • Sami Robinson
    Sami Robinson Apr 26, 2014

    The problem is not with fuel. your car has an electrical problem. check the ignition system . check the wires begining from the ignition coil to the distributor. check wiring system in engines room and then check fuses.usually this car creates a very weak spark condition which in cold damp, snowy days, will not allow the vehicle to start.


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check your catalytic converter for clogged up.
disconnect the exhaust pipe before the cat and run the engine to see if it still cut off.
if it run better, then that's the problem

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