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#108 of 204 Starts every 2 to 3 Days... Please HELP!
Feb 26, 2010 (7:32 am)
I have a 1994 Dodge Dakota SLT with the 3.9 V-6. The truck started fine during the spring, summer and fall. Ever since the weather has turned relly cold, it only wants to start about every two to three days. You can start it up, and drive it to hell and back, and it runs just fine... As long as you don't cut it off... But when you get home, and cut the truck off, it will not start at all for about 3 days. I don't know if the cold weather had anything to do with this, or if something has just gone bad. A friend of mine keeps saying he thinks it's the computer, but if it was that, wouldn't it just not start at all? I am on a fixed income, and can't afford to buy a computer, just to find out it isn't that. And I'm told once you hook it up, there is no returning it. I need a true mechanic to tell me what the problem is. Thanks
#109 of 204 Starts every 2-3 days
Feb 28, 2010 (4:40 am)
I haven't had this exact prob. but something close.first after the drive check your
fuel pressure should be 45 psi if no or lowpressure fuel pump relay 1st ,then check
crank sensor/ Check spark next if no spark check crank sensor then coil.
This is the best way to start your quest.Let me know how it goes & please don't just replace these parts really check them. Rick
#110 of 204 Re: dakota starting issues [jeffroeg]
Feb 28, 2010 (7:07 pm)
that is a normal issue the best way to fix it is to run 2 heavy gage wires from inside cab to engine compartment get a flush mount push button and hook 2 wires inside cab to it then hook 1 wire to solenoid on starter and 1 wire to starter possitive post then u just turn key on hold button in till truck starts shut it off with key this is how min is set up if u have ?s call me at 13092325870 or ltg1180yahoo.com my name is lee
#111 of 204 Re: Starts every 2-3 days [bmrjoyce]
Mar 08, 2010 (10:13 am)
FIXED... Hey Rick, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to help me. It turned out not to be either of those things, coil and crank sensor checked out to be fine. But it was your "Check Spark" comment that lead me to the problem... There was no spark after I drove the truck and turned it off and it would not start of course. So I told the guy at Advance what you had said to check, and he said if it wasn't either of those, then probably the "Distributor Pickup"... Cost me 34.99... Sure bets the price of a computer, that wouldn't have fixed it anyway. I put one in, and so far its started everytime I hit the key... Thats been 2 days ago, so I'm sure its fixed... Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to help, and pointing me in the right direction... Take care, David
#112 of 204 93 Dakota won't start
Mar 27, 2010 (4:09 pm)
I have 93 dakota with 5.2. I have replaced the coil, hall effect modul, cap, rotor & pcm, It still won't start. CAN SOME ONE HELP ME PLEASE .
#113 of 204 Re: 93 Dakota won't start [wcoker2]
Mar 28, 2010 (6:10 am)
Are you sure it's a lack of spark problem and not lack of fuel?
#114 of 204 93 Dakota won't start
Mar 28, 2010 (11:41 am)
I also have a 93 w/ same problem as yours. I did a parts swap also , get under the hood on drivers side go under fuse box. you will have to open up about a foot of harness going back towards pass. side. you will find 3 splices w/ wires of verring colors. they will be corroded. cut one splice at a time,clean & resplice & soilder
Next check your crank sensor for continuity if no readings, replace.
You ssaid you replaced pcm. After you start it if it dies again it means the bad
splices shorted your new pcm. You can get another under parts warrenty.
I think thats about it for now. bmrjoyce
#115 of 204 addition to #114
Mar 28, 2010 (11:42 am)
The message was intended for #112. thanks
#116 of 204 Re: 93 Dakota won't start [srs_49]
Mar 31, 2010 (6:37 pm)
have checked for spark at wires. No spark.
#117 of 204 Re: 93 Dakota won't start [bmrjoyce]
Mar 31, 2010 (6:41 pm)
Thanks for the info. I will check that first thing in the am. You said to check crank sensor for continuity. Should that be checked at the harness plug and should it be connected or disconnected ? Thanks for your help .