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1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter


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marla36
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May 26, 2011, 10:25 AM

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1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

my 97 dodge ram wont start is turning over but not firing. i drove it one day no problems wasnt running rough or anything like that next day go to start my truck no fire.
i changed the spark plug rotor button distributor cap wires,crank sensor ignition coil pickup coil. and had the time chain checked and after all of that it still wont start. any advice


(This post was edited by marla36 on May 26, 2011, 12:15 PM)


Hammer Time
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May 26, 2011, 10:34 AM

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Re: 1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

  
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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Mr.scotty
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May 26, 2011, 10:39 AM

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Re: 1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

So it is getting spark at the spark plugs rite?
Your missing one of the other things hammer time posted.
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Hammer Time
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May 26, 2011, 11:16 AM

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Re: 1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

No, he never said that.



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marla36
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May 26, 2011, 12:21 PM

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Re: 1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

is it something i can do myself conducting all the tests #1 in ur posts have been done
? is there a manual way of getting the error codes using the ignition


Mr.scotty
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May 26, 2011, 7:27 PM

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Re: 1997 dodge ram 1500 2wd 5.9 liter Sign In

Ok.., That's what i wanted to know cause he didn't say.
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