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All,
I found my truck running by itself on Saturday. The truck does have an autostarter installed. The autostarter was installed 6 months ago and I've never had an issue. I'm not even sure if the autostarter was involved in this case.
The truck appeared to be running, but at a much lower speed/rpm.
Maybe it wasn't running?? I'm not sure. This all happened so fast!
Maybe the engine was continuously cranking?

Which explains why my starter caught on fire. It's chard. The wires connected to the started are so fried they turned to charcoal.
I did use the truck earlier that day, and the problem started about an hour later. I assumed it was the autostarter, so I opened the truck and stepped on the brake, and then popped the hood. But nothing changed.

I ended up pulling the + battery cable off but it kept "running".
I dropped the positive cable, which grounded out, and then everything STOPPED... finally.

The truck got towed to the dealer.
Before we towed the truck, I unplugged the autostarter and ohmed out the connections (relay contacts) that are tied to starting to the truck. They were all reading open circuit.

I'm curious to know if these trucks are known for self cranking?
Are electrical fires known? What are the causes??

Thanks,
 

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That's a tough one with out doing a couple tests.

The relay could have shorted out.
lock cylinder could be bad.
started wires could have shorted.

It's a pretty simple system, but charded usually means a short.

Let is know what happens.
 

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I hope it's not the autostarter.
The tow truck driver says he is a dodge guy and he has towed a few dodge trucks that have caught on fire. Not sure where to take that? :4-dontknow:

Are there any known electrical fire issues with these trucks?
If I wasn't there, to do what I did,..... I wonder how far the fire would have gone!!
 

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I have a 99 Ram Turbo Diesel and I had a similar thing happen to me yesterday. I turned the key to start the truck, nothing, I jiggled the shifter firmly into Park, and the vehicle started when I turned the key. I noticed it had a strange sound, so I shut it off, but the engine kept turning (not like running, more like the starter was still engaged and spinning the engine). I turned the key back on and off and everything stopped. Opened the hood, saw and smelled smoke. It was the starter. But after restarting to get home, everything seemed to work fine. Today, drive to work, many stops and starts, no problem. I was sure I was going to have to replace the starter at least, but I guess not now. Anyone else had a similar experience?
 
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