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I own a 1997 dodge ram 3500 turbo diesel. I was having intermittent problems starting it and tested the starter by shorting out the solenoid and determined that the starter was bad (I put a screwdriver between the two lugs and when a second person turned the key nothing happened). So I replaced the starter (with a starter from auto zone). The truck started fine for couple days and now will not start again. It turns over strong (two new batteries) but will not start. Although, It did start on two different occasions (once it starts it runs fine) but once I turn it off it will not start up again. I went to test the starter again and when I put a screwdriver across the two lugs the engine turned over (the key was not in the ignition). I thought that this procedure is supposed to short out the solenoid and prevent the starter gear from engaging into the transmission. Does this mean that there is a problem with the starter again? Is there another way to test the starter?

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No it doesn't mean that you have a problem.When you cross the lugs with a screw driver no matter whether you have the key on or not it will still engage the starter.The reason being that you have the hot wire from the battery going to one terminal and your ignition switch on one terminal.What your basically doing is bypassing the switch and directly energizing the starter.A good way to test a starter is to remove it from your truck hook up your battery cables to your battery.Be very careful when you do this.Hook the ground to the starter casing and just touch the hot cable to the battery lug on the starter.This should engage your starter.You might want to take a look at the fuel delivery system for proper operation.

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