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1987 dodge ram50 won't start

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Dec 28, 2010, 2:27 PM

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My roomie just bought an 87 dodge ram50 at an auction, they told him it ran, it doesn't (he shouldn't have trusted them, I know!). Anyway, I'm trying to diagnose why it won't start. While I know more than him about cars, I still don't actually know all that much. 300k on the motor, it was the bigger 4 cylinder, 2.6 i believe.

So far I have
1 checked for spark at the wires running to spark plugs (spark plugs look new), it has a good spark
2 put starter fluid as deep in the engine as I could get it, still wouldn't start
3 popped off the distributor cap and tried starting to make sure it spins - i was told this would mean the timing belt/chain was still intact. There was a spinning part in there, looked like about 1 revolution every 1.5 seconds.

Oil is not cloudy or milky so I am assuming not head, everyone I have talked to says it is likely a lack of compression but I have no idea how to diagnose this... please help

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Dec 28, 2010, 5:01 PM

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Just be cause the distributor is turning does not mean the car is still in time. What you need to do is a complete compression test.


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