1997 Dakota 5.2 v-8 won't start


Asked by Jan 20, 2014 at 07:23 PM about the 1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr STD 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Truck ran fine, parked it, next AM would not start.Changed cap and rotor they were very worn but no effect. It barerly tries to start but no go.It's getting spark to plugs. Tried a little starting fluid but still same effect. Any ideas??

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Is it really cold where you live?

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It's been 26 at night and mid 30's daily. In the past it has done well in colder weather... Thanks


If so it takes a really good spark to fire the cylinders. Buy a set of platinum plugs and put in it and see if it starts.


You may have partially flooded the spark plugs. Pull them out and see how many are wet.


It has platinum plugs, granted they are old. A little sooty but not wet. How about a cam sensor? Also I tried the starting fluid and nothing different.


Are the spark plugs black or white where it fires?


Is the fire a bright blue?


Plugs are black, spark is white..


If the plugs are black then they are not firing the cylinders.Please tell me they're not champion.


champion plugs are fine for the magnum engines. no reason to run anything else. I know plenty of people with full race engines that race with them. did you check your fuel system?


Each to his own. I have replaced more champion plugs for not firing than anything else. That's why there the cheapest you can buy. You get what you pay for. They are a good spark plug... For lawn mowers and chainsaws.

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