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1996 dodge 3500. new oddesy battery. and replaced the ignition switch and wont turn over. have power to radio and lights.but wont start.

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Gas or diesel? Automatic or manual? How long have you owned the vehicle? I ask this last question in order to determine if perhaps you have an aftermarket alarm system. If the alarm system has malfuctioned it will dissable the starter current between the ign switch and the starter solenoid. If you have recently purchsed the vehicle ( within the last few years and such) you may not be aware that an alarm was installed. This causes problems for people when they try to diagnos a problem like yours and think that the starter solenoid wire comes out of the ign switch and goes straight tho the starter solenoid ( and it does), but not if it has an alarm inbetween that is not on any factory wiring diagrams.

Also you might check all of the battery cables and ends to make sure that not only voltage, but high current can pass through the systems such as what is demanded by the starter.

If it has an automatic transmission it may have a bad or mal-adjusted nuetral safty switch. Sometimes if you hold the ignition switch in the start position and move the shifter it will start in a diferent position than park or nuetral. Be sure to hold the brake while doing this test incase it does start and is in gear.

And last but not least, is the starter functional? Jumping the solenoid will usually answer this question.

Just some food for thought!

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Posted on Mar 26, 2011

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