I changed the fuel filter, had battery and starter tested, they checked good. Note battery had to be charged first, then tested good. I tried ether and a small amount of gas in the carb, it would do the same, crank but not start.
Now battery is dead again.
Before the battery died, the car would crank but not start. I plan on replacing the spark plugs tomorrow. Now I just get the clicking sound of a dead battery, no turning over etc. I feel the battery went down pretty quick, it will play radio etc but not much else.
When the ignition is turned on I can hear the fuel pump pressurize.
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If it cranks good but won't start, have a helper crank it while you check for spark at the plugs. If spark everywhere, use a gage and check proper fuel pressure. Also, check fuel injector pulse. Any applicable trouble codes?
Now, if your saying the starter motor won't crank the engine, have to check starter motor and wiring circuits. Usually two voltage circuits at starter motor, one comes from battery and hot all the time. You can use test light to check. The other circuit goes hot with key in start position and may be wired through neutral or clutch switch depending on the tranny. The starter motor usually grounds through engine block. Any testing at starter motor make sure tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set.
At the moment, I can't rule out security system?
Why did it overheat, did you fix the overheating? Are you saying it cranks good but won't start? If it cranks good but won't start, check fuel--spark--compression. Make sure battery has a full charge and battery connections all good. If the battery is down, we can't do any testing. At the starter motor motor, two voltage circuits, one comes from the battery, hot all the time. The other voltage circuit goes hot with key in the crank position is wired through clutch switch. The starter motor grounds through engine block. Any testing at starter make sure tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set. You can have the starter motor tested.
Need more info so we can look up wiring diagram? Dodge is the make, what is year and model? Sometimes when battery voltage is lost, it can cause problems?
If starter motor won't crank the engine, check starter motor wiring circuits. Any testing at starter motor make sure tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set. I haven't checked your security system info.
If you think the problem is the starter motor, usually you can take it off, lay it on the ground, hook up jumper cables properly from starter motor to good battery, at the least, it should kick out starter drive gear and spin.
Yes it could be your starter the fact that you hear the click tells you that the starter solenoid is in fact working. Do check your connections for looseness or corrosion prior to starter replacement and fix as needed. Possibly has a dead spot on the starter that won't allow starter motor to turn even though the solenoid engages.
DID YOU GAP PLUGS CORRECTLY? CHECK TO MAKE SURE SPARK PLUG WIRES ARE IN RIGHT FIRING ORDER QUESTION DOES ENGINE TURN OVER LIKE IT WANTS TO START???? CHECK ALL FUSES SOME HAVE STARTER RELAY FUSES ALSO MAKE SURE TRANSMISSION IS FIRMLY IS PARK MAY HAVE A STARTER SAFETY RELAY CAR WONT START UNLESS PARK IS ACHIEVED.....GOOD LUCK
If the battery is strong and charged, starter is fine, car ran okay while getting progressively worse until it died and won't restart now, might be fuel filter or pump. I've dealt with two cars with fuel filter issues. Both would idle fine, but run progessively worse under load and eventually die and not start although everything else checked out. Engine turned fast enought to start, battery strong, alternator fine, air cleaner clean, all that. No start. Changed fuel filters and done. Everything back to normal. Both cars were about model year 1990 (1989 and 1991). Replaced one in a parking lot and car fired right back up and powered on home just fine, whereas the week leading up to it it ran worse and worse, hesitated on acceleration and finally would die if you hit the gas. Fuel filter may be in engine compartment. Looks like a canister with an in and an out for fuel. Pump is in gas tank and is way more work and money. Good luck, hope this helps.
check for fuel pump operation.have someone turn ignition on while you go to rear of car where fuel tank is to listen for fuel pump operation.if not.check fuse and relay.if you hear fuel pump .check ignition system to make sure engine is getting spark.