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My 1997 Dodge Dakota will crank but not start on cool damp mornings when it is parked outside. It seams to be getting fuel but no spark. I have checked the coil and it is OK. Even on the bottom of the coil where they sometimes are prone to fail. I can get it to start by placing a small electric space heater under the hood for a few minutes which to me indicates that it is a sensor or something getting shorted to ground by the moisture. The underhood area is not noticably wet only damp air. Left sitting in the sun it will start later in the day. Once started it runs fine. Crankshaft position sensor?

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Distributor caps are notorious for doing this (hairline cracks), as are spark plug leads. I usually have a look at night time, to see if any sparks are going where they shouldn't.

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This may sound crazy, but more times than not, it's a corroded battery terminal.

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