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When I try to start the van, it's a 1985 dodge ram wagen. Anyway I try to start it and I get nothing. The lights work, the radio works, but I get nothing from it when I try to start it. Replaced the starter relay thinking that might be it and still nothing! And ideas?

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Try boosting the van.If that works then you either need to clean the cables and battery posts or you need a battery.If boosting it does not work then you may need a starter or the cables to it have came loose,also the engine ground could be the culprit,if this is true then put your booster cables in this configuration;positive to positive and negative from the boosting cars negative post to your engine's block,find a good clean grounding point on the block and hook the clamp there.If the van starts then clean the factory ground point,replace the cable end,or replace the cable.Let me know if none of this info helps and i will give you more things to try.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010

  • opticszero Sep 16, 2010

    Okay been out trying some of those things. The battery posts are pretty clean, the clamps are pretty new too, battery is half charged.

    Wondering though, would the solenoid cause any problems with it to where it wouldn't start? Was just checking the starter cables and they all seem to be fine, a little tight if anything but pretty clean.

    Last thing to try it jumping it, kinda hard to do cause of where it is sitting, need longer jumper cables! haha.

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