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1998 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L, AT, 149K mi won't start. Won't crank, just a single click when turning the key. Other electrical items (windows, radio, lights, etc) seem to work ok. Pulled battery and had it tested. Tested good. Even swapped relays of like type in fuse box, with no change in symptoms. Same symptoms when attempting to jump start. Any ideas?

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  • cbr1815 Dec 12, 2009

    It appears to be holding a charge. Reads about 12.8vdc when off the charger and no load. Stayed that way for over a week (off charger). Reads 13.2vdc when on the charger.

  • cbr1815 Dec 12, 2009

    It appears to be holding a charge. Reads about 12.8vdc when off the charger and no load. Stayed that way for over a week (off charger). Reads 13.2vdc when on the charger.

  • cbr1815 Dec 13, 2009

    Ummm... This may sound like a stupid question, but where would I find the crank? Is it attached to one of the pulleys where the serpentine belt is?

  • darcy Rice
    darcy Rice May 11, 2010

    is the battery holding a charge?

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Replace the starter.

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Try turning motor over by hand, using a socket on crank, if motor turns over then possible starter motor

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  • stratos225 Dec 13, 2009

    the crank is in the center of the engine towards the bottom, it is held on by a larger bolt, 19 to 22 mm DO NOT REMOVE IT just simply put a breaker bar on in and turn it clockwise, all you are doing is verifying that the engine has not seized, turn it aabout one revolution. it will be a bit hard to turn but not imppossible, if it turns you likely need a starter motor. if its the starter you here one single thump when the bendix engages starter to flex plate but starter drive is not spinning, replace the starter

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