Truck won't start

Asked by Apr 27, 2014 at 08:47 PM about the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr ST 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The only way I can get the truck to start is with a fully charged battery, my battery charger hooked to the battery and set on booster setting and with my wife's car also connected with booster cables to the battery. It requires all three sources of electricity in series at once to start. It of course turns over very fast but also turns over several times before it does start. It will then sit and idle relatively smooth and normal. I would very much appreciate any ideas from anyone.

4 Answers

17,025

I think you are connecting in parallel ( otherwise you would be putting out 36 volts) regardless you're using a lot of juice. Your cranking amps required means something is terribly wrong. You need someone that can read an electrical meter to see where all the draw is. You are frying sometning!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

Could it be something as simple as one or more bad ground connections that are requiring this much electricity to get the system to complete the circuit. I have checked for spark at coil and plugs and there is spark at these points. If I try to start it on just the battery even with it fully charged it won't fire but after it turns over say a dozen times as I let off the key it will sort of backfire a small puff of smoke back thru the intake; nothing violent just a small whiff of smoke. Also the truck is not being driven on the road since last fall but has been started regularly and driven on my property up until it started doing this just before Christmas.

Sorry the previous was not an answer, I was asking another question but did not realize I was doing so in the wrong window.

17,025

Thanks for the BEST. How about (with just one battery) and a test meter check at the starter for voltage ,amps while someone cranks her over. watch out for moving parts when you're under the hood!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 10,843 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    6,480
  • #2
    pudgybear
    Reputation
    6,290
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    5,700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,578 Great Deals out of 197,075 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,266 Great Deals out of 169,082 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Ram 2500
172 Great Deals out of 5,043 listings starting at $2,200
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,028 Great Deals out of 66,261 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Tundra
466 Great Deals out of 33,601 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
598 Great Deals out of 44,632 listings starting at $1,790
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
327 Great Deals out of 45,599 listings starting at $1,700
Used Dodge Dakota
95 Great Deals out of 3,654 listings starting at $1,750
Used Ford Mustang
613 Great Deals out of 36,332 listings starting at $899
Used Dodge Ram 3500
77 Great Deals out of 2,201 listings starting at $5,750

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
73 Great Deals out of 1,363 listings starting at $6,995
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 1,091 listings starting at $5,990
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
72 Great Deals out of 1,530 listings starting at $3,000
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 1,407 listings starting at $2,888
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 1,309 listings starting at $2,994

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.