1998 Ram 1500 intermittently turns over

5

Asked by Oct 26, 2013 at 08:42 PM about the Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have 1998 Dodge ram 1500 with the 5.9v8. Recently when I get in the truck to start it,
nothing happens. However this only happens when the engine is cold. if it has been
running and is warm it starts right up no problem. The truck has a brand new starter
and battery as of yesterday and i am still having the issue. The only way to start it
when it is cold is with an ignition trigger between the battery and the small post on the
starter. I have also replaced the starter relay in the main fuse box. Any ideas would be
much appreciated

4 Answers

same damn problem. I have know clue whats going wrong.

5

I finally got it fixed! after double checking the battery, starter and starter relay were all good. I used a tone generator and probe to trace all of the wires in the ignition system and check them for breaks. After confirming I had no breaks in my wiring, I had the problem narrowed down to 2 things: either the ignition switch or the neutral safety switch was bad. When I checked the neutral safety switch, it was not snugly tightened into the transmission (I could turn it by hand) so I replaced the neutral safety switch with a new one and made sure it was nice and tight and I have not had any problems

10

I'm having the same problem right now...when I turn the key it just clicks one time...gonna try the neautral safety switch next...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
920

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.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 1998 1500 5.2 Shuts Off Randomly 25 answers

    does anyone have an answer to the mysterious shutting off problem i have 1998 1500 5.2 that shuts off randomly and if i wait a few seconds to minutes it will start again. I have replaced all tune up p...

    1998 Dodge Ram 1500

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Intermittent Cranking Problem 5 answers

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500 with 103,000. miles. All dash lights, buzzers and gauges work as normal. Battery is strong, cables are clean. When the key is turned to start, sometimes it cranks right up somet...

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1998 dodge ram 1500 4 answers

    So i pulled tranny to change front seal it was leaking really bad now truck wont start any ideas.. another thing the the torque converter have to be lined up any certain way i just bolted it back i...

    1998 Dodge Ram 1500

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How to fix an intermittent start problem with ram 1500 5 answers

    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 af...

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 1998 dodge ram van won't turn right. 2 answers

    It will turn left. When I left work tonight it made the right turn out of the parking lot and it made a popping sound. Then my steering wheel was completely flipped upside down and I was going st...

    1998 Dodge Ram Van 3 Dr 1500 Cargo Van

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 11,152 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $700.

ZIP:

Search Dodge Ram 1500 Questions

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

#1 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 6,100
#2 pudgybear
pudgybear
Reputation 5,880
#3 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 5,300
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,194 Great Deals out of 206,316 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,717 Great Deals out of 175,751 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ram 1500
924 Great Deals out of 113,958 listings starting at $6,386
Used Dodge Ram 2500
160 Great Deals out of 5,240 listings starting at $3,495
Used GMC Sierra 1500
819 Great Deals out of 68,199 listings starting at $2,484
Used Toyota Tundra
441 Great Deals out of 34,312 listings starting at $2,700
Used Toyota Tacoma
539 Great Deals out of 40,814 listings starting at $2,495
Used Dodge Charger
405 Great Deals out of 28,172 listings starting at $1,988
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
346 Great Deals out of 46,938 listings starting at $1,895
Used Dodge Challenger
184 Great Deals out of 24,169 listings starting at $8,800
Used Dodge Dakota
106 Great Deals out of 3,781 listings starting at $1,680
Used Nissan Titan
170 Great Deals out of 19,555 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Mustang
470 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Dodge Ram 3500
90 Great Deals out of 2,181 listings starting at $4,999
Used Jeep Wrangler
276 Great Deals out of 18,163 listings starting at $2,950

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.