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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default 98 Dodge Dakota 4cyl/5spd quit while driving and won't start

Here's the deal, whip 3.0, is outta commission as of this morning. Something similar happened last summer. Last summer, I was driving down the road and all of a sudden the truck just stopped running. It would turn over fine, but wouldn't start. I had it towed to a shop, they scanned it, figured out the coil was toast, replaced it for me and I was happy. Now, basically the same thing happened this morning. Luckily I had just pulled onto the street where I was going to park, so I just parked it. I tried to turn it over and at first it didn't want to crank. I waited a minute and then it would turn over for a little bit, enough I suspect, that it should have fired up if it was getting spark. It gave me the impression that the battery was acting like it was low, but that wouldn't have caused it to just quit on me, while I was driving would it? Last summer, it cranked and cranked like crazy, but this time it seemed like it didn't want to very bad. What could it be, damp weather, low battery, another bad coil, some other electrical issue?
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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Did you verify if it is getting spark or fuel?
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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Did you verify if it is getting spark or fuel?
No, I just tried to start it a few times and then I had to go into work.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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if it didnt want to crank sounds like a low battery. it will die out if you run the battery low and alt isnt working. i would try the lights see how bright they are maybe get a volt meter on the battery check that then go down the line from there. do you look at your gauges? was everything where it normally is? amp gauge?
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I went out and checked , the voltmeter and everything else looked normal. I tried to start it again and it just cranked and cranked, just like last summer. I'm really thinking its the coil. Maybe I just got one that was made on friday.
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ASD? Thats the first thing to swap when it doesn't run. Then check for fuel and then do the screwdriver/wire trick. If that doesn't narrow it down alot...
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Junk coil, I've replaced 5 of them on my 2 dodges in 4 years

Buy a good one it will last longer
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pull the coil wire and have someone crank it. just make sure the wire is in your hand and your ballsack is on the fender.
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