Q: The truck will not start when cold.

asked by on

I have a dodge Ram 1500 SLT that will not crank in the morning but if i wait till it warms up it cranks just fine. tested the battery its good. so what can it be?

The old saying about cold cranking amps is what usually what causes starting issues when it’s cold outside. However, that usually has to do with cranking the engine over.

If you’re having problems having the engine igniting when it is cold, that’s typically causes by a ignition system issue, such as condensation inside the spark plug wires, distributor, or electronic ignition. It could also be an issue with the glow plugs if your Dodge is diesel powered.

If you can’t figure it out, you may want to contact one of our local mobile mechanics to give you a hand finding the source of your starting issue.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. The truck will not start when cold.

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: An inconsistent starter motor that occasionally works perfectly now will not work. Then engine will not crank at all.

Hi there. It is possible for the starter to fail. But before replacing the starter, make sure that the battery cables are tight and clean. Then check the starter relay and make sure that the relay is clicking. If the...

Q: Car with push button start won't start.

Hi, If by struggling you mean it cranks slow, low battery voltage might be the cause. Normal voltage on a fully charged car battery is 12.6 volts. On a vehicle like yours with a push button start, once the...

Q: Truck will crank, but engine won't start - 1973 Chevrolet K20

Hello there, thanks for writing in. The wiring diagram for the ignition system of your vehicle is pretty simple. Power flows from the ignition switch to the coil. When the engine is cranked, the points open and close to create...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...