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Old 04-29-2010, 09:13 PM
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Hello all this is my first post. I have a 98 dodge ram 1500 with the v8. I washed the engine the other day and it ran rough for a few days especially when idling but today it died and won't start at all. it was running good while driving but died when idling but I could restart it.
Now none of the interior lights work and everything is dead. I put it on the battery charger for a while thinking it was a dead battery but it's still dead. When I turn the key I get nothing but silence. I opened up the box next to the battery where the black and red battery wires go into and it's bone dry. The big fuse between the black and red wires looks good. I've left the hood up all day hoping to dry it out. Any advice?
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First of all, welcome aboard. I am not as knowledgable as most on here but I was always taught to becareful of the distributor/plugs, that kind of stuff. Sounds like something electrical got wet. All fuses are good? All wires are still protective coated? I am totally taking a stab in the dark, but if you stick around someone with far more vast knowledge will chime in. Best of luck.

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did you just spray with out covering anything?
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Welcome to the Z! You could have soaked lots of different things; the alternator, the starter, the fuse box, or even the coil/distributor. So you've swapped out for a new batter or had the one you have load tested?
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Welcome to the forum. I would check all that Kurtis mentioned. Gotta be careful with water under there.
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No I didn't cover anything before washing it, I know now that wasn't the greatest idea. I do have power to the fuse box on the fender next to the battery. I checked it using an ammeter. But still nothing. I don't know why it ran halfway decent for a few days then stopped altogether.
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll open the distributor tomorrow and check the plug wires. The battery is the same one but I put it on the charger. I bought the truck from a friend a few weeks ago and I noticed the battery is 5 yrs old... That would explain not starting b ut why would it die out at idle?? Thanks doug
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If the alternator's not putting out enough/any juice, then it's running mostly on the battery, which can only put out so many amps, not the 130(? on your gen) that the alt puts out to run the coil continuously. Having a bad alt will also kill an old battery, so this might be the culprit.
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