How to fix an intermittent start problem with ram 1500
When I turn the key, the gauges and
radio turn on but the truck does not
even crank. It will usually start after
cycling the key on and off a few times.
It has gotten really bad lately and I'm
afraid it won't start. I have tried
shifting the truck into neutral and back
to see if it is a bad park switch but it
doesn't help. Any help would be
Do you hear a click coming from under the hood when you turn the key. If so does it happen every time you turn the key over or occasionally. If that clicking occurs when you turn the key over and the car starts but when you don't hear the click the car doesn't start. . . And you said it starts sometime. It sounds like your starter. And keep in mind if your battery gets too low from trying to crank the vehicle the starter will not have enough juice to start.
Seems to be an ongoing issue with the same defective ignition switch in these vehicles as the Ford, Honda, Acura, Lexus, Toyota, and Infinity that all use the same bad parts. Change the ignition switch and consider yourself lucky you didn't get cheated by crooked dealerships and dishonest manufacturers.
Definitely not the starter.. Known to be problems with these Ram 1500 are faulty ignition switches that burn out but not completely so they work intermediately. if you have enough juice in your battery to run all your lights and accessories then the starter would make at least a half-assed attempt.. Ignition switch is something you can do yourself for less than 50 bucks. You tube has a couple helpful videos.. Just don't touch the Airbag screws!!
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