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1999 dodge ram 1500 won't start

Won't start or even try to start.I took the starter in & it tested just fine so now I'm not sure what the problem is.

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  • Amanda Wilkerson Jul 19, 2010

    I will try checking all the fuses in the morning.We have tried to jump start the truck but that didn't work either.I believe the battery is fine,all the lights will come on when I try to start the truck but it won't make any noise that its going to try & start.I never heard a click or anything at all.Thanks for the advice.I'll let you know if any of it worked or if I need more!!

  • Amanda Wilkerson Jul 19, 2010

    Ok so we checked all that stuff & it was fine.We did find where the problem was & can get the truck to start now but it's not exactly fixed.The problem is that the linkage is out of place & to start the truck it has to be between reverse & neutral.I'm not sure how to adjust this so I gotta go do more research & it would probably be really helpful if I invested in a repair manual.Thanks for the help.



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Since you know the starter is good, now have the alternator and battery tested. If these are both good (if either or both are bad, obviously replace) then try replacing the starter relay; this will prevent a car from even turning over.

Also, check all starter fuses, iginition fuses and relays.

Q: Does the engine turn over?

Q: Does the engine start, then die, or just turn over?

Q: If it turns over, does it sound weak, or does it sound strong, like it's trying to start?

Q: Have you tired jump starting the truck? If not try this: if it starts and stays running, pull both battery terminals off. If the truck dies, replace the alternator. If it stays running, you may need to replace the battery. Look at the battery and see if there is a date sticker on it to indicate when the battery was purchased (or manufactured). (If diesel, have both batteries tested). If diesel, if jumpstarting from one battery doesn't work try the other one. Also, if diesel, make sure there is at least 1/4 tank of fuel as some diesels won't start if very low on fuel (pump does not reach very bottom of tank and will not syphin fuel in).

If gas/diesel, and it turns over, turn the key to the on position and have someone lean down at the back side of the truck (driverside) and listen for the fuel pump to engage. If no noise is heard, consider replacing the fuel pump. Inquire with an auto parts dealers as to whether or not this truck is equipped with a secondary fuel pump (usually located mid-way on the chassi).

Please let me know if you need further assistance.


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  • Brandon Bruce
    Brandon Bruce Jul 20, 2010

    In this case, once the linkage is fixed, also replace the nuetral safey switch. This is what prevents an engine from starting in gear.

    If this part goes out, the truck will not start until it's replaced, or may cause it to die after starting.

    If the truck starts and runs, this may not need replaced, however you can as a safe measure.

    Please let me know how this turns out, as I'd like to know - if it's not too much trouble.

    Thank you again for choosing for your automotive questions and concerns.


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