Question about Dodge Ram Pickup 1500
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.
Posted on Sep 08, 2009
First check starter relay in electrical box under hood , drivers side, make sure its not that, the starter has a solenoid, thats the first part to get juice when you turn the key, the solenoid is a coil of wire with a plunger rod in the center and when it gets power from turning the key it creates a magnetic field ,which then moves the plunger in rapidly and also engages the small gear. On the plunger is also a large copper ring which then makes contact with the copper studs which send the juice to the starter. There is a large red wire and a small black wire that go to the solenoid make sure those contacts are clean, sometimes those contacts get dirty or oily or if the coil itself gets oily from being inside the engine it will have a weak magnetic field and not fully insert the plunger to make contact with the copper studs that goes to the starter. I have removed solenoids and flushed them with brake cleaner and they were like new again with a strong magnetic field. Ok lets sum it all up.
1. check for clean positive and negative cables on battery posts
2. check negative cable going to a clean ground on engine and/or from solenoid to chassie
3. check clean connections to solenoid and starter
4. make sure where starter bolts to engine is clean
5. check solenoid coil (if older) for dirty or oily coil (which would reduce magnetic field)
6. Check or clean contacts where plunger meets starter lugs
7.Now... It's suppose to start...good luck
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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