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Old 05-19-2009, 11:21 PM
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Exclamation My truck has trouble starting... no one can figure out problem

For the past two months various Dodge Dealerships around Florida, my personal mechanic, nor I have been able to figure out why my truck experiences a problem with starting.

From personal observation if the truck sits for a while, like over night or while I'm at work and don't leave for lunch, it won't start and it sounds like the battery is dead. However the truck can be barely started if you turn the key enough.

My personal mechanic tested the battery and it wasn't dead and the computer diagnostic did not show any problems so they replaced the Ignition Switch and rewired the harness.

After 3 weeks the same problem resurfaced and I took it into the Dodge Dealership this time and their computer diagnostic said this time that the battery was dead so I replaced it, this was two days ago.

The old battery was not completely dead and was easily recharged back to 100%. I did not put it back on my truck and kept the new one.

Today my truck would not crank, again the brand new battery sounded dead and after 30 attempts my truck eventually barely started.

After wards there was no problems and the truck restarts with ease.

Is this a battery drain or a computer problem?
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:41 PM
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Your catalitic converter might be clogging and choking out the exhaust. Sometimes the internals will collaps on its self and when driving it will open up to allow flow. I would check that.
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year and engine size would help alittle. almost sounds to me like a case of armature drag in the starter.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:40 AM
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Thanks!

The engine size and specs are as follows...

YEAR: 2005
MAKE/MODEL: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500
ENGINE: V6
DRIVE: 2 Wheel

Any suggestions that you think it may be I will put into a list and give to my personal mechanic to check out.
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What about all the grounds for the electrical system? Wonder if they are making good contact.
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went it doesnt want to start i would find someone to try to start it and hold the key in the start position while your under the truck rap on the starter with a hammer , not real hard but not like a girl either. sometimes the bearings that hold the armature in the windings wear out and the armature drags on the windings and they act like they have a dead battery. worth a try , but hopefully after a stop at both the dealer and your mechanic one of them would have checked the starter , if not time for a new mechanic.
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Slow cranking sounds like a starter problem or a (big wire) circuit problem to me.
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Thanks for all the suggestions about what could be messing up my truck... thus far this is what I have got done to the truck and none of it has worked.

(1). New Ignition Switch
(2). New Wiring Harness (Connects to back of Ignition Switch)
(3). New Battery
(4). About 10 diagnostic tests

The starter was checked when the truck was starting okay and not during a random spasm when my truck was acting up.

The dealerships around here are really on my nerves, they gave me this expression and told me tough luck. At least my personal mechanic is trying by trial and error to fix it. Everyone I take it to is clueless and I'm at my wits end because I have dumped $300.00 into replacing parts that were not bad.

Right now I'm detaching the new battery while at work and over night to see if the problem is a power "drain" on the system. My self test with a Battery checker to see if it was a drain turned up nothing but I'm not confident that the cheap ole tester I bought at Auto Zone is worth a dam so I will probably take it back tomorrow and just see if by unhooking the battery if the truck acts up again, if it does then I will know that its not a drain.

If its not a drain and it acts up again I plan to hit the starter with a hammer and see if that will get it to turn over... it may be dragging and I hope that is the problem.

I have never replaced a starter before in my life and I especially don't know what they look like on a Dodge Ram, can anyone shoot me a picture or give me directions on where it should be located before I start wacking on random parts... I heard that its underneath the engine on the left side.

I will do a google search and see what I can find... thanks again... will keep you all updated
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Slow cranking sounds like a starter problem or a (big wire) circuit problem to me.
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By big wire do you mean wiring harness?
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if it was mine i would lean towards putting a starter in it , but the hammer test always tells if its the starter , which looks like this :






now if you try the hammer trick you DO NOT want to hammer on #5 , that is the solenoid. you want to tap on the other round part behind/below #5 , that is the actual starter motor.

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