What else do i need to 'check' off my list?


Asked by Tristan Feb 19, 2020 at 01:42 AM about the 1998 Dodge RAM 1500 Laramie SLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1998 Dodge ram1500 4x4, i replaced the water pump and fan clutch
because it was throwing water at me, changed them, and learned that i had
poked hole in my radiator and did not create the water pump gasket
correctly. i have redone everything, my father (who has many years of
extreme home mechanical experience) saw my work and is baffled as well. It
turns over and over and over, but it wont start. WHAT AM I MISSING?!

1 Answer


Thank you for answering my good man, you are in the right spot of what was wrong. needs spark, fuel/air, and compression, I disconnected the main coil from the distribution cap, put a spark plug on the end of the wire, grounded it with a jumper cable, and tried starting it, the spark was orange. which means there was no where near a strong enough spark to run the truck. it shjouldve been without any doubts, Blue or maybe even close to white. So replaced the coil and filled all the fluids to make sure it had no leaks in the water system while running, had to fix a few hose clamps and it is now running very well!

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