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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Base 2dr Reg Cab 119 WB Work Special

1999 Dodge Ram 1500
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Rear Wheel Drive, Reg Cab 6.5'
15 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy
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August 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Daniel H

Question: my truck will stop running

it has a new battery, ignition coil, distributor/cap, camshaft sensor, plugs/wires , rebuilt engine and transmission...I will be driving and the truck will stop running turn off. All the gauges will read 0...when I turn the key to try to start the engine will crank (gauges still reading 0) and not fire.. after it sits for some time 30 minutes or so I'll turn the key gauges will go to proper spots and the truck will start. How do I fix this problem.
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August 23, 2014, 3:03 pm

Ron W
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May be the Crank Position Sensor is not working well. It sends out the RPM signal to the PCM. If it is bad, there is no RPM signal, and the PCM will not command the injectors to fire and/or the ignition coils to spark.

Easiest way to see if it works when the car won't start is to hook up a scantool and crank the engine. Monitor the datastream for RPM. If you see RPM then the sensor is working, if it reads zero RPM, then there is a problem with the Crank Position Sensor circuit.

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