won't start

Asked by Jul 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM about the Dodge Dakota

Question type: General

I was having problems with my dakota not starting at times...i changed the fuel pump and it won't start at
all..pump runs  plenty of gas..put gas in manifold still won't start..don't see a spark..what should i do???

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If your Dakota has plug wires, remove one from any of the spark plugs. Stick a screwdriver with a plastic or wooden handle securely into the boot. Wear thick rubber gloves & hold the metal screwdriver close to something metal on the engkne. The exhaust manifold works good. Have a helper crank the engine. You should see a rhythmic spark jump from the screwdriver as the engine cranks over. If you do, remove & clean or replace all the spark plugs. They may be gas fouled at this point. If you do not get any spark, check the rest of the ignition system. With the key on check to see if you have power going to the ignition coil. Use a 12 volt DC (direct current) test light. If you do have power at the coil but no spark at the plugs, chances are the ignition coil is bad. HTH. -Jim

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Also you need to test the black wire at the coil for pcm signal. Put a test light on the positive battery terminal and have someone crank the motor. You should get flashing of the light if your pcm is sending a signal.

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