Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My truck cranks but does not start - 1997 Dodge Dakota

asked by on

Driving down the road and truck died. Only cranks no start so changed crank sensor cam sensor distributor cap. Still nothing not getting fuel or spark. Could this be the computer? Truck has almost 200000 miles. I bought it as a project and was running when bought but ran like it was running out of gas or coil was bad. I found one bad wire in the wiring harness that runs along rhe core support that was broke but I fixed. I also swapped the sensors around and checked fuses. I even pulled out the aftermarket alarm too. I don't know what else to do
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. Usually, a no start issue is caus...

Hi there. Usually, a no start issue is caused by either fuel or spark - not both. When this occurs, it’s typically an issue with the central ECU failing to send the right signal to fuel related components and the ignition system. If you had a bad wiring harness previously, it may have caused an electrical glitch in the ECU and damaged the system.

However, there could literally be a dozen other electrical gremlins causing your starting issues, which is why it might be a good idea to have a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to perform an inspection to determine why the car is not starting.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: jaguar s type 2001 won't start battery was charge and is good

For your issue, the appropriate service is a no start diagnostic. If your car battery passes a load test, which is the first thing to confirm, the mechanic will check for power "to" the starter motor. If there is power...

Q: turn on key got to wait 5 to 15 minutes for fuel pump to engage runs fine but after 1 minute after shut off got to wait agian

You most likely cannot run a hot wire to the orange and black wire. This may power the fuel pump but will not power the auto shutdown relay. You will need to see if the relay is getting power to...

Q: Car wont start

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1990 Buick Century. There are multiple reasons why an engine could make a knocking sound, and just as many potential causes of why your Buick won't start. These potential causes include a...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...