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I have a dodge ram 1500 3.9 v6. starter went out, i have bought 2 and i can hear it spinning but it wont engage, it wont pop out to the gear. any options??????

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Hello! There isn't enough current for the starter to work properly...Voltage is being dropped across one or both connections going to the starter motor...You'll need a digital voltmeter (it has a low scale)...Set meter to read less than 1 volt...Place the +probe on the center of the + battery post...Place the - probe on the starter motor +12 volt connection (other end of of + battery cable...The reading must be less than .03 volts...Repeat test by placing the + probe on the center of the - battery post...Place the - probe on the starter motor case...Must read less than .06 volts...Send results...


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  • richardja151 Aug 07, 2010

    dear sr, if there isn't enough current going thru there what is the solution>

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    David Burbee Aug 07, 2010

    Hello! Clean both ends of the + and - battery connections...voltage is being dropped across the connections...Or purchase new positive and negative battery cables and be sure both ends are clean and tight...This should solve the problem...If you have any questions feel free to ask...Saailer

  • richardja151 Aug 07, 2010

    will try, thank you so much, somebody else said it might be the ignition switch but i dont think so cause i can hear it spinning. but thank you, i'll let you now.

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    David Burbee Aug 07, 2010

    Hello! You are correct...If the ignition switch were defective the starter motor would not spin...Two starters have been installed...The only fault that would keep it from operating correctly is lack of current...Poor or resistive cables and connections....Saailer


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Have any after market parts ben changed since the starter went out? New flexplate of flywheel? Sounds like you are being sold the incorrect starter. Or worse your flex plate has stripped teeth. Look in and inspect flywheel before installing starter. As far as buying new starters and etc... always take the old one with you, as a comparison for the new replacement to ensure you are getting the correct components. Hope this helps.

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  • richardja151 Aug 07, 2010

    the flywheel is fine. the starter wont pop out to engage the wheel.. could it be the ignition switch/

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    James Woods Aug 08, 2010

    if the starter spins but wont pop out to engage the wheel then my friend is a bad starter. bench test it with some jumper cables. 1. strap it down to something so it can jump or spin during the test. a couple of rags, and putting it gently in a vice would hold it. 2. from your battery, put the negative cable clamp on the ground of the starter close to the mount holes, as this is where the best ground is. 3. from the battery take the positive clamp and put it on the big positive screw on the side of the starter, where you would place your in-vehicle positive cable. 4. using a piece of 12 guage wire touch from the positive clamp to the small solenoid positve screw on starter. (where you would normally connect the smallest starter signal wire) the starter should spin and kick out, if it doesnt, the starter is your problem

  • richardja151 Aug 08, 2010

    could it be that the original wire that plugs into the starter isn't making contact. i noticed that it wont lock in. also, could i take the plug off the old starter wire that came with the starter and splice it into my old wire so that it plugs in properly.



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