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Ray
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8/01/2005
19:19:18

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Got home this evening, pulled in the garage and shut the truck off. Went to back it out of the garage to put the lawnmower away and when I turned the key, I got ONE click, then nothing. Battery is good. I have power to everything. Tried jumping it but it made no difference. I am guessing starter!! Am I close??



stevebdak
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8/01/2005
20:07:55

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That is a good guess. The starter is a pain to pull. You can pull the starter and take it to AutoZone and have them check it out.



Ray
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8/01/2005
20:26:00

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Any how-to's out there on how to remove that? Other thing I was told is that it might be the ignition switch. That, they say, is in the steering column. Any guesses on which one is most likely? I am not mechanically inclined, but learn well. I still do not want to be messing around with something I don't need to be. (You guys on this site are great!! Makes me glad to be a Dakota owner with 290,000 miles on my V6!!)



Doug
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8/01/2005
22:18:06

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There was a guy a few months ago on here that had the same problem, and it truned out to be his starter solenoid. The ignition switch "shouldn't" be bad, but it could also be the relay.



Ray
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8/02/2005
06:17:11

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Oh, that's sounds like a definite possiblility. Had some relay problems in the past, so that certainly could be it. I was told by Pep Boys that the starter soloniod is attached to the starter and could not be seperated. Are there any how-to's out there (other than buying a complete repair manual) on how to change out a starter and/or soloniod??



Doug
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8/02/2005
09:10:41

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The starter is located on the passenger side of the motor right around the oil filter/bell housing. Remove the cables(2 with the associated nuts) and remove the 2 mounting bolts. The starter is going to have to be manipulated out. (the basic instructions sound easy, but it can be a b*tch) Oh, and if you have a 4X4 you might have to remove the skid plate. Just take it to Autozone, Pep-boys, Advance Auto, etc and the can check it for you.



tim
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8/02/2005
09:50:48

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when you try to give it a jump, you are putting the ground lead ont he block right? if you go across the battery, it could still be a bad ground lead from the battery, they get a bunch of nasty corrousion on them near the block. learned this the hard way on a old 74 duster, thought it was the starter and changed it out and it didn't fix the problem. (rough changing the starter in the sub zero nebraska weather in a open parking lot). Turned out to be the barrety ground cable. Worth a check.



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8/02/2005
10:43:40

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If it is an automatic sometines the switch that lets it only start in park gets out of adjustment and you have to pull up on the shift lever to get it to start or readjust the switch.



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8/02/2005
11:37:59

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Directions are good, but DISCONNECT the battery first. I changed one today on a Jeep GC and shocked the #$%@ out of my self.



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8/02/2005
13:37:29

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I agree sounds like the starter solonid since you have to pull the starter to get at it might as well change it too after you have it bench tested at the auto store



Ryan
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1/08/2017
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I have a 2002 Dodge Durango RT 5.9 Liter engine. I
changed the battery, starter, and the alternator
last week and the vehicle was running fine
afterward. I tried to crank it yesterday and, it
does nothing at all, but all of the lights come on
and they dim slightly when I turn the key but it
still does nothing. It is hard to put on gear also
I am just wondering if it is the neutral switch or
maybe I do have it fully in park. Can anyone help



Bob Lincoln
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1/17/2017
14:54:00

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Before pulling the starter or other parts,
diagnose it more.
Remove the battery clamps and clean them and
the posts, and then put them back on tight.
Measure battery voltage with engine off, and
then while key is turned to start. Should not
drop more than 2 volts, and should drop at
least 1/2 volt.
If still normal, turn on headlights and check
voltage between positive battery post and
positive clamp. Should be no more than 0.1
volt drop. Do the same for negative post and
clamp. If excessive, there is a bad connection
at the battery.



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