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September 14, 2013, 6:16 pm

Levi M

Question: 1988 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Liter Fuel Injection

It stopped cranking after deteriorating over time. I thought the starter was bad and replaced it, also the battery, the starter relay, Battery terminals and wires. Ignition switch was also replaced. I don't know what to try next. This truck has a 1990 engine and wire harness. I cant afford a shop. What part would cause it to stop turning over? I get signal to starter.

September 24, 2013, 10:26 pm

Richard W
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I would jump the start. To do that you need a wire coming from the battery B+ and going to the starter signal wire. The signal wire is the small little wire going to the starter. It could take two people. I would but the end on the starter. Then have a person put the other end on the battery B+. Make sure the key is off. You will get a little spark when you put the wire to the starter of battery. Just want you to know that. If it does crank you have a bad wire going to the start. Just because you have 12 volts does not mean you have the amperage to make the starter work. If it still does not crank. You have a battery cable or connection on the battery or grand causing it not to crank.

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