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Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Dodge Ram Pickup 3500, Diesel, Truck
Jul 11, 2011 (1:45 pm)
1997 Dodge 2500 12 valve. 313,000 miles automatic trans. 4x4. Never had any mechanical problems with this truck, original cummins and transmission. Doing farm chores yesterday morning started early, truck fired right up fine. shut her off to load wood, fifteen minutes later tried to start and only got a click from relay mounted on driver side inner fender well. Checked all the fuses and wiring on battery to relay and to starter soleniod and found nothing wrong visually. Checked battery voltage(13.2 volts) both batteries, only about 6 months old. I have noticed 1 thing for the last month or so, when starting, the engine does not seem to turn over as fast as it usually does, but the truck always starts. When i turn the key to start i only get the clicking from 1 of the relays on the inner fender well, anybody have any suggestions on what to check next? thanx in advance!
#824 of 852 Re: 1997 TD [yogibear00]
by kcram HOST
Jul 11, 2011 (4:00 pm)
Hard starting leading to an eventual "click" usually means your starter has called it a career.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
#825 of 852 Re: 1997 TD [yogibear00]
Jul 11, 2011 (8:58 pm)
Try leaving the truck in park and use a screwdriver to jump the starter post. Should let you know if it's a starter or relay. I personally have had the post fall out of reman starters on my truck. Good luck.
#826 of 852 Re: 1997 TD [yogibear00]
Jul 14, 2011 (8:17 am)
Most likely problem is that a large power cable has a bad connection. You said that all worked right up to that moment, odds are more likely that it is a simple problem not major ie, starter etc. "KEEP IT SIMPLE" should always be your first investigative step. Make sure that the power is actualy getting to the starter/relay. Even if the cable connection looks good take it apart and clean it first, then move on to the next item in line to your problem.
#827 of 852 Ram tachometer acting up
Aug 10, 2011 (8:12 pm)
Pulling out on a highway a couple of months ago tach went way up to 4500+ slammed back down and up again, truck running fine. It keeps going all over the place, truck running fine. Even had the truck at the dealer to get keys made, and they fried the computer which they replaced along with 3 new keys and a new right mirror, that poor service guy, and they didn't even know my name. Anyway the only complaint I ever had with the truck was the doom light would not stay on from day 1 you know showing it off and all, He even mentioned there was something about the light staying on. Well now the light works the truck still runs fine, but the tach is wierd today driving 70 mph tach around 4500 to 4700 again truck run great. My concerns are will is send wrong info to computer ? Is the tach just a visual thing thats just presenting info received ? Where does it get its info from ? And how can I fix it or does it even matter ?
Sep 08, 2011 (12:01 am)
im new to the diesal game and have a2001 dodge with a 24 valve cummins turbo and somtimes my turbo cuts out when im pulling or going up hills and when i first start it and take of its fine then i lose my boost pressure but my fuel pressure stays the same if i let off for a second or two it kicks in again thanks for listening andthanks for any help
#829 of 852 97 ram hard starting
Sep 08, 2011 (6:21 pm)
97 ram 12 valve 4x4. Recently have been experiencing hard starts with this truck. 319,000 miles never had problem like this before. Sometimes have to cycle starting procedure many times and pumping accelerator pedal like crazy before the engine will fire and run. It's almost like the fuel system is leaking down and has to re-prime the system before it fires. the truck always fires after multiple starting cycles though. Sometimes i go to start it and it fires right up normal. Any thoughts would be appreciated, i was thinking maybe the lift pump was going? Thanx in advance!
#830 of 852 Re: 97 ram hard starting [yogibear00]
Sep 08, 2011 (7:01 pm)
I had the same problem on my 96.I had the FUEL SHUTDOWN SOLENOID RELAY REPLACED WORKS FINE NOW. I only had 195000 on mine.
#831 of 852 Re: 97 ram hard starting [yogibear00]
Sep 12, 2011 (7:19 pm)
If it has excessive white smoke after hard starting, I would be suspicious of the intake heater not coming on long enough. This could be a relay, or a other solid state device. Your model was standard with a Mechanical Lift Pump on the engine, and if you are either loosing prime, or the pump is weak, this could also contribute to a low supply pressure to the injection pump.
You say "Sometimes have to cycle starting procedure many times and pumping accelerator pedal like crazy before the engine will fire and run." Pumping the accelerator pedal will have no effect on fuel delivery, as there is no "Accelerator Pump" in this fuel system. holding the petal to the floor should be just as effective, if not better.
#832 of 852 FUEL LIFT PUMP RELAY DRIVER CIRCUIT
Nov 01, 2011 (9:45 am)