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Old 12-15-2008, 11:26 AM
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Default 95' Dakota Won't Start?

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Please feel free to move this to a more appropriate location if the need be!

I know this has been posted before and perhaps not worthy of a new thread but here goes;

If your Dakota won't start and you have checked for a no spark situation and also found that the fuel pump is not working, PLEASE save yourself a tons of hours of troubleshooting.

Dodgerules has it up on a sticky and several others have posted it. A very common issue with these trucks is the wiring harness below the power distribution box. Don't believe it's that simple? Proof is in the pudding, Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-15-2008, 12:49 PM
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Thanks! This will help others! I will post this in the FAQ.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:35 AM
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I have the same problem of my 96 not starting so I checked the splice but it appears to be good could it possibly still be bad while still looking good?
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:42 PM
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On my '92 the splice was still connected, and would look good to me if I didn't know better. It had a layer of green on it, a very light layer too and it still prevented a current from getting thru.
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