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Intermittent start issue.

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:53 AM
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Hello Gentleman.

I have been a lurker of these forums for a few years. I finally needs some help. You guys are a very knowledgeable bunch of people so i hope i may find the answer i am looking for.

OK, so i have a very intermittent starting issue with my truck.
Once in a blue moon the truck will NOT turn over or start. It has happened about once maybe every other month. So it's not a persistent problem.

Now i replaced the starter, battery, battery terminals and both battery wires, IAC, TPS, CPS, Ignition switch, Distributor, cap rotor, plugs and plug wires within the past 6 months.

When i turn the key to the on position, the annoying dings are there; all of the dash lights up as normal. Now when i try to turn the truck over i will only get either a half turn of the starter or it won't even crank. After persistently attempting to turn the truck over it will start as if there is nothing wrong.
I am not getting NO BUS on the dash, nor am i getting any CEL codes. I took it to Dodge to maybe see if they could find something wrong with their diagnostic tools. They were unable to find a Single problem.

I am completely lost on this one. So if you guys have any input i would really appreciate it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:38 AM
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Try the coil
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:30 AM
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I was going to suggest the ignition switch may be going bad....
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:41 AM
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wires in column, when it doesnt start move the tilt column. common , wires get pinched. my wife likes to slam mine down when she drives my ram. her dak doesnt have tilt
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:29 AM
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Another thing to do is clean the battery terminals. A bad connection will make it barely crank, then nothing or just start off with nothing when you turn the key.
I've been hit by that once and my brother in law has gotten hit by it three times. A couple minutes of attention with a pocket knife and it's good to go.
The stock band style battery connections tend to get eaten alive by battery acid, I went with lead because I believe they're better.
A bad coil wouldn't make the starter not respond to a key turn.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:49 AM
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A bad coil wouldn't make the starter not respond to a key turn.

I thought the same thing 10 years ago, replaced the coil because it crapped out and my intermittent no start(with the same symptoms) went away

not science or reason, just a result

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This is an auto trans too right?
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:15 PM
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OK, thanks for the replies so far.

The coil was done, i did that the same time i did the ignition switch and the tune up.

The battery and terminals are new and have conductive grease on them.

I will try the column tilt next time i have this issue and see if that has any effect.

No its a Manual, NV3500. I added my signature after i posted this so just read below for my trucks info.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:24 PM
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No its a Manual, NV3500. I added my signature after i posted this so just read below for my trucks info.

In that case, any end play in the crank shaft?
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:12 PM
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There was no play in the crank, I recently replaced the clutch Maybe 8000 miles ago. The splines were in great shape and no movement whatsoever. The crank and bearings were done about 2 years ago. I put in a stronger crank when i did all the motor work.
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