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Old September 20th, 2007, 06:28 PM   #1
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All the sudden the truck shuts off. Try to start it will fire right up until you let go of the key. Then it shuts off.

Ballast Resistor Changed.

Coicidence perhaps but happened at the same time the lights were being dimmed.
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Top. Could use some help.
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Engine? Assuming 360 gas. Single coil ballast (1 plug each end) or dual coil (2 plugs each end)? Dimmer switch on column?

First thought would be ignition switch. Coil should have power in both run and start key position. I would start there and work backward. Quite possible you have a shorted fusable link in the wiring.
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Engine? Assuming 360 gas. Single coil ballast (1 plug each end) or dual coil (2 plugs each end)? Dimmer switch on column?

First thought would be ignition switch. Coil should have power in both run and start key position. I would start there and work backward. Quite possible you have a shorted fusable link in the wiring.
Engine is a 360.
I didn't do the ballast, my father did, so I don't know if its single or dual. Dimmer switch is the floor. Again not sure if its related to the mess or not.

Someone mentioned the coil could be bad, and only getting enough with the 12 volts in teh crank position??
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Engine is a 360.
I didn't do the ballast, my father did, so I don't know if its single or dual. Dimmer switch is the floor. Again not sure if its related to the mess or not.

Someone mentioned the coil could be bad, and only getting enough with the 12 volts in teh crank position??
Dimmer switch may not be related (probably isn't). If you have access to a volt meter, start checking current backward from the coil.

Eliminate the easy checks first. Do all other electrical items work?
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it is an old dodge. really not much for electronics there. lol

We will go thru it.

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not that this is all that helpful but have you considered an msd box and coil?
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No. I am just looking for our work truck to be running again. I don't even know the benifits of it.
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the 2 big benefits are supposed to be better fuel economy and improved performance at all rpms. I haven't run one myself yet but the people i know that have it seem to love it for the most part. That and I am not a fan of the stock Dodge ignition msd would get rid of most of it. I see were your coming from and i would probably fix what is has to.
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