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Starts normal when cold. Run a few miles, shut off and engine will crank but not start. Can start it by pushing it a bit and jumping clutch when in gear. Has new plugs, new plug wires, new distributor, new coil. 1996 Dodge dakota, 2.5L, 5 speed, 4 cyl.

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How is the crank sensor? Does it have a new fuel filter? Those two are common for no starts. Also loose or dirty negative battery cable connections and a loose ignition wire on the starter.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010

  • k1bkj Jul 28, 2010

    Well, the crank sensor may be a culprit but the others must be ok or it wouldn't start by popping the clutch with it moving just slightly. Also, where is the crank sensor and all the other sensors that may affect this problem in this truck. I don't have a manual.

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    Nate Stansfield Jul 28, 2010

    Cranks sensor is in bottom front of block. By crank shaft. Then there is camshaft position sensor up by head.
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