1997 Dodge Dakota, won't start

Asked by Jul 31, 2013 at 05:16 AM about the 1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Once when I tried starting my truck, I got a small 'click' but nothing, when I turned the key.  A co-worker found that the battery cables were too big, not making a tight, secure connection to the post.  I redrilled a couple of holes in the connector to make it more snug but now I'm having the same problem.  Just in case, I bought a new battery but a week after I bought the battery, I still have the same problem.  The positive battery terminal was replaced today but still it has the same problem.  I was thinking of replacing the negative terminal today, but just in case this doesn't fit the problem, what else could it be??

3 Answers


A "clicking" is a battery with not enough voltage. Since you replaced it with a new one and still have the same problem, you have a draw on the battery draining it. Replacing the cable will help, but won't fix the issue. You need to start probing to see what is draining your battery.

Thanks. I was thinking that the alternator wasn't charging the battery correct after it would come one, so maybe I'll charge my battery and retry wtih the new connectors. Thanks!


if you can get it jump-started, take it to an auto parts store and have them check your charging system.

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