1996 Dodge Ram ignition issues. intermittent starting problems.

Asked by May 05, 2015 at 10:39 AM about the Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So i just bought this truck and it had been stored outside for an extended period of time.  When its cold the vehicle ignition system often fails to start until several tries.  It has been starting eventually.  I redressed the battery terminals.  the battery looks new. ....One time i tried to shut the vehicle down and then the starter would engage and it nearly burnt itself out, so i started the engine again, then popped the hood and disengaged the battery, then the vehicle worked fine. (it did this only once)  So im thinking its a possible lubrication issue on a moving electrical part of some kind...... any ideas?  has this happened to anyone?

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the starter for this vehicle has a solenoid that engages and disengages the starter gears. I guess it was old or corroded or poorly lubricated. replaced the starter and the problem is gone. First i replaced the ignition coil because it looked damaged, and can also cause this problem. But in my case it was the starter.

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