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88 dodge dakota v6 only sparks on 135 cylinders at first now no spark at all it is carbureted. have changed cap, rotor, wires, plugs, coil. sometimes you can crank engine several turns and you will finally get a spark from the coil.

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Remove the distributor cap and look to see that the rotor button is turning,and not stopping,the truck,may have jumped time.The timing chain may hve broke.If not,replace the pick up coil in the distributor.

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That #4 plug that's not getting spark is in a 1988 dodge Dakota 4x4 with a 3.9 litre v6


Since it's a 88 year model it doesn't have a separate coil over plug design as most cars today does. It using the conventional coil, distributor, cap, button, and wire ignition system. The first place to start is to remove the distributor cap. After you get it off turn it upside down and look inside it. You will see small metallic contacts inside I. Each contact represents and cylinder number. You can actually figure out which contact is #4 by tracing the plug wire from the plug back to the cap and see which contact on the top of the cap it is made a mark straight down to the bottom of the cap and straight back up inside the cap. See if the contact looks a lot different from the other contacts inside it. If not, check the rotor button. But since it's just one cylinder it's more than likely gonna be either, the dist cap, plug wire, or the spark plug itself. Of course there are other things it can be but one of them is most likely the culprit. To be perfectly honest with you. It's probably best to go to the parts store and get a set of good spark plug wires, set of spark plugs (Champion spark plugs I'll explain why shortly), dist cap, rotor button, pick up plate, and a small tube of die electric grease. The reason for using Champion plugs is because this is the exact spark plug that was engineered to go with this engine. If I'm not mistaken the plug number should be Champion RC12LYC. On the under side of the hood or on the radiator support there is a emissions, air conditioner, and displacement sticker. Look on it to see the exact plug if your not sure. Unless the truck has been wrecked and had those parts replaced. I worked in the R and D department for Diamlier Chrysler for several years. Hope it helps.

Sep 21, 2013 | 1988 Dodge Dakota

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96 dodge dakota,with a 318 motor will not start,not getting spark. could it be a pick up coil, and how do you test a pick up coil?


Hi, Hope I can help you.
I do not know how you have checked for spark, but lets start from the beginning.
Lets start with an ignition systems check.
1. I want you to remove the high voltage coil wire. ( That's the wire in the center of the distributor cap.) Using a good pair of insulated pliers. I want you to hold it about 1/4 inch from a good engine ground. Now you will need a bit of help from a partner. Get them to turn the key and crank the engine. You should see a bright blue and well defined spark. Ok, If you have spark I want you to slowly move the coil wire away from the engine ground. As you do this I want you to pay attention to the coil tower. (The coil tower is where the other end of the coil wire is attached.) What your looking for is arcing and sparking at the coil tower. If this happens then you need to replace the coil with a new one. If this does not happen then your coil is working fine, and we will have to move on.
Note if you do not get spark from the coil wire replace the coil.

2. Ok if you have spark now we have find out if the spark is making it to the spark plugs. How are we going to do this? By checking the rotor, distributor cap, spark plug wires and spark plugs.First lets remove the distributor cap. This will allow use to inspected the rotor and the distributor cap. What your looking for is, cracks, carbon tracks and wear at the tip of the rotor. On the distributor ,look inside the cap for cracks, carbon tracks and wear on the terminals. If you find any of this replace the distributor cap and rotor. ( Note if you have any doubt of the condition of the rotor or the cap replace them.) Next lets check your spark plug wires. Lets pull off one of the spark plug wires from the spark plug side. Now inspect the wire connection for a white crusty powder. If you find crust replace your wires. Now you should check all of them the same way, but if even one has corrosion replace them all. You are going to have to inspect the wire its self . Going down the whole length of the wire. Holes cracks burn Marks and other damage. Once again if you find any damage replace them all.
I hope this will help you and good luck to all the read this FixYa

Dec 18, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Dakota

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We have a 1988 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9 V6. The engine cranks and turns over very strong but will not start. I don't have spark or fuel. I have made sure the battery is fully charged. I changed the cap,...


are you getting a spark at the points, remove the cap and look at the points for a spark there.
check that the rotor arm is turning it maybe your cam or belt that drives your rotor arm and pump has broke sounds suspect that there is not fuel also. check the fuel pump and see if it is pumping they are usually run off the same cam and timing. this maybe the problem.


i hope this was useful.

Dec 12, 2010 | 1991 Dodge Dakota

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I have a 2001 dodge caravan with 3.3 v6.the engine is misfiring on cylinder #1 and #5.how do i check the coil to see if the coil is bad?


maybe it is the spark plugs or spark plug wires. or it is the distributor cap and rotor. the coil just provides the spark. but you can have it tested at a part store.

Apr 18, 2010 | 2001 Dodge Caravan

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How to test a crankshaft on a 1993 Dodge Dakota


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

Mar 05, 2010 | 1993 Dodge Dakota

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1995 dodge dakota 2wd 3.9 no spark to plugs,or coil,orfuelpump


First of all let's explain how the spark gets to the plugs. There is a crankshaft position sensor and a cam sensor. They are what determines when to fire the coils and injectors. The crank sensor is located on the passenger side on top of the bellhousing, the cam sensor is the pickup plate in the distributor. As the engin turns the send refernece pulses to the computer which grounds and ungrounds the ignition coil causing it to discharge and send voltager from the secondary coil wire to the center tower in the distributor cap. The rotor button recieves the voltage and distributes it to the 6 towers (1 for each cylinder) If you say you're getting spark from the rotor that tells me the primary side of the ignition system is working, and the secondary side is working into the distributor cap. I'd check for spark out of the plug wires at the plugs. Pull a wire and insert a #2 phillips screwdriver into it, hol the shaft of the screwdriver aprox 1/8"(no more) from the exaust manifold and observe the spark as someone turns over the engine. You should see a nice blue spark. If theres spark, spray a little gum cutter in the throttle body an crank it, if it fires you have a fuel problem. Install a fuel pressure gauge on the schrader valve on the fuel rail and observe it as you crank it. If theres no fuel pressure maks sure there's fuel in the tank, if so climb underneath and beat on the bottom of the tank with a rubber hammer, the pump may be going bad, sometimes you can jar them and make them run.

Aug 24, 2009 | 1995 Dodge Dakota

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