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Old April 11th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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im not getting any spark to the coil on my 83 ram and i dont really know what the problem is and dont know what the next step is or what to check next any help would be great! my buddy said maybe bad ignition switch???? but im not sure because it crancks and everything just no power to the coil..

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Old April 12th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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check the pick up coil, under dist. cap and rotor?
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Old April 12th, 2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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Ignition Control Module on the firewall. Like 20.00 at autozone and would think they could check it for free.
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or the ballast resistor on the firewall also
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Old April 12th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #5
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alright i will check that
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a little trouble shooting info for dodges : if it cranks and starts then stalls when you relese the key the ballast resistor is bad if it cranks but wont start at all the most likely culperate is the ignition modual on the fire wall
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #7
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a little trouble shooting info for dodges : if it cranks and starts then stalls when you relese the key the ballast resistor is bad if it cranks but wont start at all the most likely culperate is the ignition modual on the fire wall
thanks ill start with that what causes them to go bad do you know?
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its a common problem on dodges the modual and the ballast resistor the moduals just tend to break down from heat and age the epoxy on the back of them starts to not seal as well and they corrode inside
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btw i like to keep a spare of both with me because they seem to fail at the worst possible time atleast for me lol
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i own 4 dodges right now that have that set up and ive owned others before so i know them well lol the new stuff confuses me but i love my dodges lol
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well i went and had the ignition modual tested and it works, put on a new coil and resistor and still wont start what next?
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did ya check the pick-up coil?
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #13
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stupid question but wheres that located at
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inside the distributor.
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stupid question but wheres that located at
inside the distributor under the cap and rotor, 2 phillips head screws on the out side of the distributor on the sides.

edit heres a diagram for some help just in case
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:25 PM   #16
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alright thanks will check that next and let ya know
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alright worked on it yesterday and today. yesterday it almost started it kinda fired a few times but wouldnt run. so i redid the timing today cause i thought thats what was wrong but not getting spark again. im only getting 4.6v to the coil. we hooked it straight to the battery figuring it would get 12v then but still no spark. didnt try the pick up coil yet. thanks for any help
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