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port3
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Dec 20, 2011, 9:39 PM

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1997 dodge dakota truck
2.8
97555 mile

truck will not crank. i replace the core due to it not getting any spark and still it will not start. so i connected computer read out and the code: shut down relay came up so we replaced the relay and it will not start, any suggestion?


Hammer Time
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Dec 21, 2011, 4:01 AM

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What "core" are you talking about
Test all your fuses ad fusible links using a test light.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Dec 21, 2011, 4:02 AM)


port3
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Dec 22, 2011, 8:36 AM

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no I replaced the core. someone thinks it may be the computer chip bd.??


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Dec 22, 2011, 10:15 AM

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Yes, that's what I asked. What the hell is a "core" that you replaced?



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port3
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Dec 22, 2011, 11:23 AM

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Sorry I mean the coil...


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Dec 22, 2011, 11:54 AM

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 All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.



Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.


2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.


3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.



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