i have a 2002 dodge 1500, 4.7. It will crank but not start, replaced the CAMshaft and crankshaft senors, replace all plugs, fuel tested ok, we can here the fuel pump engage, we have spark and that last thing we just did was changed all the timing chains (it was out of timing) but the truck still will not start. Help on what could be next? Thanks


Asked by Oct 24, 2015 at 04:21 PM about the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2002 dodge 1500 4.7 cranks will not start.

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Check the firing order on your plug wires and connections first and then try again. If there is no spitting or popping then I would rule out the timing being off.Also make sure your coils have power to them. If this does not work try a new or known good battery or check your amps as per factory specs.


Thanks for the suggestions. All could have fire, new battery and it tested good. Failed to mention this started while driving and the truck just died and wouldn't start again. We have tried everything we can think of and have to be missing something. Timing is dead on. New cam and crank shaft sensors. Fuel test good. We have spark and fire to the coils New plugs New timing chains No codes on the computer Truck will crank but just won't start Any further suggestions or help is very much appreciated.

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Have you checked all of your vacuum hoses?


Thanks and yes we have checked the vacuum hoses. We are not getting spark like we thought, so I replaced all coil packs and still no start or no spark. The last thing we can think of would be the PCM, but we originally received a code (camshaft or crankshaft sensor) so how could we get a code if the PCM was out? Everyone we speak to say it should start. Any more suggestions very much appreciated.

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Hello TommyB20; I had a similar situation with my truck (1994 5.2L ram 1500). If you have not checked already; re verify the rotation on your distributor, the rotor button and the condition of the cap. if all else fails; check your wiring to the TPS and MAF. I recently fixed my problem by finding a cut wire caused by a rodent; it fixed my problem. Make sure your wires to the coil are secure and the power to the coil is present. Dodgeem22


Check your fuses in the engine compartment . Dodgeem22


Thanks. This year truck doesnt have a distributor. I just replaced all the coil packs that connect to the plugs. We are not having any spark now so that is the reason I changed the coil packs, but still no start. Can not think of anything else except maybe the PCM computer, which doesn't make total sense since initially we received codes when we plugged the reader.

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Also forgot to mention, we checked all the fuses and everything was fine, we even swapped out some relay fuses....still nothing.


Check the coils for proper voltage / amperage errors. Low voltage will give you no start but maybe weak spark. Dodgeem22


We just out all new coil packs on and still no spark


http://www.jcwhitney.com/1994-2003-dodge-ram-1500/ignition- control-module/p2019009d50369y1994-2003j1.jcwx? year=2002&filterid=g139 Check this out. If this don't help; go back to the ignition switch and from the off position (on to off to on )3 times (don't engage the starter) an read the counts again on your check engine light. cut and paste the link above to your browser. Dodgeem22

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Thanks where is the ignition control module. We took out the crankshaft sensor and the truck started, ran really rough. But we heard if you take that sensor out and it runs then it's a bad sensor, but this was brand new so we took it back anyway and put the new new one in and still would not start, but did again when we pulled it out. Suggestions?

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Check for broken wires or loose connectors in the engine compartment and......under the steering column in the cab.


http://www.jcwhitney.com/1994-2003-dodge-ram-1500/ignition- control-module/p2019009d50369y1994-2003j1.jcwx? year=2002&filterid=g139 copy this to your internet browser and take a look.

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I have the same issue with my 2001 Ram. Dealer charged $130 to check out. Now wants $550 for compression test.

Dealer here in Georgia has no clue what is wrong

If that engine is a interference engine and depending on how much it was out of time u could have bent a valve. Do a compression check each cylinder should be 130-150 psi. That's total bullshit someone charging $550 for a compression check. Bring it to my shop in ohio I'll do a compression check for $75.

Another thing u need to do is unplug the cam sensor and with it unplugged try starting the truck let it turn over for about ten seconds.


any more??!! resolved this yet? my 03 ram 4.7l is doin this exact same thing. crank sensor and cam sensor is new. map sensor and coils. and new timing chain. new wiring harness also done. compression is perfect all are 150 or close. need help!!!

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My 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7 is doing the same thing, it wont start at times. Then all at once it will. Then itbwill stall out, and then start, none of it makes sense. I've checked everything, help?

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