My 96 Dodge ram 1500 5.9l won't start, I replaced the fuel pump, cap and rotor....it turns over but won't fire...checked spark on coil wire and at the spark plug and had spark at both spots...

30

Asked by Jan 12, 2014 at 06:25 PM about the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I tried starting fluid, and it still
wouldn't fire...why won't my truck
start?

11 Answers

20,265

Is it pretty cold where you live?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
30

Yeah, it's Wisconsin

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20,265

Do you access to a trouble light? If you do take it and set it under the hood against the PCM. Away from any wires. Located on the passenger side bolted to the firewall. Leave it there for a 1/2 hour and see if it starts.

30

Don't have access to a trouble light, what would that do by setting it next to pcm?

20,265

The Pcm's in these are bad about the diodes contracting losing contact when really cold out. When it warms up they expand make contact and start. Have a small heater to put under the hood? Or take PCM out, bring it in the house and set it on the dryer for a half hour. 3 8mm bolts hold it to the firewall and one 8mm bolt holds the wire connector.

20,265

Plug it in and see if it starts.

30

I'll try it tomorrow and post on it, thanks....

20,265

Let us know.

30

Well, I checked the computer, still nothing, replaced the coil, nothing again, replaced the plugs, three of them had more fuel on them then the rest, still turns over, doesn't fire...any ideas?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
20,265

Check compression on all cylinders. Minimum is 100lbs. on each cylinder.

20,265

Replace the pick up in the distributor, cap and rotor button first then check compression. The pick up is easy to change. Sets right under the cap.

Your Answer

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 10,875 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    6,460
  • #2
    pudgybear
    Reputation
    6,260
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    5,670
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,271 Great Deals out of 181,500 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Ram 2500
156 Great Deals out of 4,931 listings starting at $2,999
Used GMC Sierra 1500
880 Great Deals out of 65,380 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Tacoma
588 Great Deals out of 42,309 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Dakota
108 Great Deals out of 3,684 listings starting at $1,700
Used Dodge Ram 3500
80 Great Deals out of 2,214 listings starting at $5,995
Used Ford Mustang
683 Great Deals out of 38,281 listings starting at $895

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 1,413 listings starting at $5,995
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,054 listings starting at $5,995
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,554 listings starting at $3,000
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 1,362 listings starting at $3,588
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 1,255 listings starting at $2,994

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.