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My eCU computer shot or is it the auto shut down relay?

Will not start,I hear no fuel pump action when key is turned on.checked all fuses and fuel relays .And the dash gauges do not resgister with key on postion. Added fuel straight into throttle body with no results .replace the auto shut down relay how? where's it located?

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    1998 dakota sport, 2.5 4cyl, 187k mi., full tune up 1 month ago.
    was running fine. no start following morning, cranking strong but doesn't give any indication of wanting to start. no popping, no sputtering, no backfire, nothing. fuel gauge reads empty but i know it had at least an eighth tank when i shut it down previous night. thought someone siphoned tank, so added 5 gallons, gauge still showing empty, don't hear fuel pump? checked for fuel pressure at rail, none. poured small amt. gas in intake cranked it and nothing. should have at least popped. so i checked spark, none. checked for voltage at coil w key on, dead. checked relays by swapping out with known good replacement (worked in horn slot), nothing. checked fuses w meter all good. checked for voltage at each fuse all have voltage. seems whatever controls these 3 functions is dead (fuel gauge, fuel pump, ignition all dead) could dead fuel pump cause all these problems? computer dead? timing jumped? dead sensor? not sure what to do next?


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It's under the hood usually on the driver side fender well. It's commonly known as an ASD Relay. Check the electrical part of the ignition switch. The "on" position of the ignition switch may not be working either.

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