Top 20 1997 Dodge Ram Questions & Answers


Dear Mike,
Your truck is a prime candidate for this problem.
Here are the things to check.
Start with the battery, have it "load tested".
That is where someone drains it with a short for about 3-5 minutes, to take the "surface charge" off of it.
If it is good after that, clean the battery posts shiny bright, then go to the cable terminals.
Clean them shiny bright INSIDE.
Examine the battery cables.
Corrosion can build up inside the plastic covers and spoil the cables invisible to the eye.
Next take the starter and solenoid apart and look for fried contacts, or worn brushes.
God bless your efforts.

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Check if equipped for anti theft system. Usually the anti theft will allow for initial spark and then kill the fuel injectors!
Disconnect the battery and have it recharged and tested, if it fails the test replace it. Use the key and manually lock and unlock the drivers door if the alarm is still set, There is a switch attached to the door lock that disables the anti theft. If the driver's side is defective switch you have to do this from the passenger door.

Hope this helps?

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Reverse band is not operating correctly most likely. You need to take it to the tranny shop. If you drop your transmission pan and took very detailed pictures, I might be able to confirm your problem.

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Find the tail light fuses.
They should be under the hood near the battery by the firewall. If not there look under the dash to the left of the driver.
If it's not a fuse, then it's probably a broken hot or ground wire in the wiring to the trailer.
Hope this helps.

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check to see if vacum line has a hole or has came loose from vacum gas ball.

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I would say you are right in your guess about a vac leak. You should be able to trace the hoses from the engine to the dash to find it.

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No idea as never see these motors here in spain but look in the power distribution box under the bonnet and check their first ,some vehicles have a fuse assembly within the lid of the battery box like VWs and seats also some renaults as i remember

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it's none of the above. dodge doesn't like to do a good job on the ground system. if you beef up the ground system most particularly from the back of the motor to the frame and be sure your making great contact from the battery to the engine and from the engine to the frame your PCM wont go out on you. bad ground creates resistance and will cause the pcm to go out. it's not your fuel pump, pickup coil tank case sensor or iac. tell tale sign of this condition is you have to do a key dance to get it started ( no it's not your ignition) stalls when running down the highway and or will run rough and possibly backfire after it was just idling fine. The PCM is babbling to the engine. Sometimes the iac will cause it to run rough if the end is dirty but what I explained is the usual issue. PCM 300 dollars. I did not return old one for core $70 because a dealership can reprogram the pcm if it's not burned out because of the poor grounding system. Thanks Dodge. ??

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Clogged Exhaust Converter ?

Or 5 other things !!

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What sensor .

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may fit if same size no problem but need to take sensors etc from original also has to have same upper intake
most likely

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run fault codes and look for a canister purge valve problem as I suspect that what you have is a fuel tank not venting properly and causing a vacuum in the tank which is preventing fuel being pumped through the system ( same affect as blocked filters)

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Two independent systems. Horn just wears out, needs to be replaced usually.

Washer fluid pump or a broken line, have a friend hit the button for washer fluid and see if you can see excess liquid coming from anywhere under the hood. If not, the pump is more than likely just burned out as well.

Cheap parts and easy to get at a local auto parts store. Most counter-people will even talk you through a repair like that.

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thats part of the igntion module-probly havta change hole thing-buy a haynes manual or go to library sec629--test it when u getit out-the issue may be somethin else in the ign system

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your pre amp is disconnected or bad connections

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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.



Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.


2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.


3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.

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always check your fuel filter first they usually go before the pump does

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how about that I guess your cat is working, blowin out that check fuel we all buy ! don't worry about it its normal, OK

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