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May 29, 2009, 3:48 PM

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i have a 1989 dodge ram d100 with a 318 cu.in. v8.
on 3 or 4 seperate occasions i tried to start it and nothing happened. first i got a click, then nothing. and then it would start again a few minutes later. this last time it didnt start again. i checked the starter, fuses, wires, and tried to jump it. nothing works. what else could be wrong?


Loren Champlain Sr
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May 29, 2009, 4:18 PM

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At first glance, this sounds like a poor connection problem. Remove the negative battery cable first, then the positive. Inspect and clean both. Reconnect in reverse order. You could have a neutral safety switch (if automatic) or a clutch inhibitor switch problem, but uncommon. While you have the battery cables disconnected from the battery, check the connection at the starter and the ground connection at the engine block.
Loren
SW Washington


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May 29, 2009, 4:48 PM

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i wiggled the ground cable to the engine block and it made a noise, i turned the key and it clicked. then nothing. i removed and cleaned, but still nothing.


Loren Champlain Sr
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May 29, 2009, 4:57 PM

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Remove that bolt, clean both the cable and the block, and reinstall. You've got a poor connection, somewhere.
Loren
SW Washington


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May 30, 2009, 7:28 AM

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i cleaned the post and connection, and now it just clicks, which is better than before. i tried to jump it again, and still only clicks. could it be the alternator?


Loren Champlain Sr
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May 30, 2009, 8:54 AM

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Can you tell where the 'click' is coming from? The starter? Sounds like either poor connections or low battery voltage.
If you are certain that all of your connections are good, and clean, should have the battery charged (if low) and tested. An alternator won't keep it from starting. If the connections were poor, the alternator may not have been able to keep the battery charged. You can try, lightly, tapping on the starter while trying to start. It's possible that we're fighting a bad starter?
Loren
SW Washington


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May 30, 2009, 10:26 AM

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i had the starter tested and it passed, i was going to test the alternator next


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May 30, 2009, 1:59 PM

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Again, the alternator WILL NOT keep the engine from cranking. A low, or sulphated, battery WILL. A battery can be fully charged and still not have the capability of cranking the engine, which requires a lot of amperage. Voltage is important, of course, but amperage is critical. With that said, however, a faulty alternator can overcharge a battery which can kill the battery. A bad battery can kill an alternator by making it over work. If you haven't already done so, have the battery charged fully and load tested. Forget the alternator at this point. We've got to get the engine cranking, first.
I hate to even suggest this, but is it possible that the engine is seized?
Loren
SW Washington


kemptw
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Nov 21, 2009, 3:55 PM

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my 1988 dodge D-100 is doing the same thing. I have been wondering about the ignition switch on it that is above the stearing column below the dash. This has to do with the 3 way starting if the key switch......................

Please advise................................

Walt

latedate01@msn.com


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Nov 21, 2009, 5:43 PM

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kemptw

This thread is almost 6 months old. You need to start a question of your own.




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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 22, 2009, 3:41 AM

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All connection need be right - only as good as the weakest link line a chain,

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