1998 Dodge Ram 1500

Asked by Dec 30, 2014 at 07:28 PM about the Dodge Ram

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Truck will not start and when hooked up to the scanner it will not communicate?  On cranking over it does get fuel and spark but won't start.  With no check engine light or codes what could be some possibilities?

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If it won't start and the PCM (Computer) won't communicate with the scan tool I suspect a bad PCM. HTH. -Jim


Which scanner are you using?

Snap-on brick

computer. 80 bucks at salvage yard


Then you have to get it flashed (programed) using your VIN to work. -Jim


Does the OBD II port have power going to it? There has been a few cases on that year model truck that has issues with that plug under your steering wheel failing to communicate.

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as long as the vehicle has the same motor and tranny setups itshould just plug in and work.

have u put any aftermarket electronics in it? if so doublecheck the wiring. also check fuse links, ign. control mod. if youve got spark and gas idk why it wont at least try to turn over...


is there a fuse link on 98 ram 1500 sport \

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