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'98 2500 Starting Issues

LocuMob

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My "new" '98 Ram 2500 4x4 5.9 gas engine has decided it doesn't want to start. Cranks and sputters real quick, but won't fire. It's very similar to the issues I was having when it was below zero this past winter. This is the first time it has ever done this during warmer weather.

Engine has 250,xxx miles, and has been reliable as anything I've ever owned. It just wouldn't start on Tuesday when I went to go to the store.

One fun part of this is that some electrical in the truck is not working properly after I installed a towing mirror two years ago. Cheap Chinese part (I only installed one, as the other side had the rubber door seal installed backwards), I didn't disconnect the battery when installing, and afterwards I didn't have power to the radio, the dome light, and as I found out later, the OBD-II port. So I can't use the scanner to see what code(s) may have popped up.

A friend told me to turn the key three times, leaving it in ON the third time, and read the code it flashes. That didn't work, or it's the wrong number of times of cycling the ignition.

Truck was never intended to be a daily driver, so it's not urgent, but I hate having it down, I like being able to use it when it's needed. Seems the whole fleet is in need of repair at the same time, I was here two years ago. :banghead:

My thought is (free), reinstall the original mirror and see what happens. I don't tow a camper anymore, so I don't need the extra visibility, but it is nice. Then I may be able to read the code and figure it out. I have a guess what may be wrong, but I'm not throwing parts at it. I hate most things with electronic parts that fail, so I'm sure I'm missing something if not a lot.

Watch, it'll start next time I turn it over.
 

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Check the fuses to see if one is blown, usually when the OBD II port has no power it's a fuse. Pull codes out then. If you still can't get codes, you will need a helper, check for spark at the coil then at the plugs. If you have spark, pull the air cleaner housing and either put some fuel down the throttle body or some starting fluid (ether) if it starts you have a fuel problem. Do you here the fuel pump when you cycle the key?
With OBD II I don't think you can flash codes you need a scan tool
 

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I agree with 65 sporty, check all of the fuses 1st. I am going to post a link where I downloaded the factory service manual for my 2001 for free. 99-01 & 02 2500-3500 are pretty much the same wiring and things.
www.wedophones.com look for a link to manuals, then automotive manuals. It has helped me greatly.
 

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My "new" '98 Ram 2500 4x4 5.9 gas engine has decided it doesn't want to start. Cranks and sputters real quick, but won't fire. It's very similar to the issues I was having when it was below zero this past winter. This is the first time it has ever done this during warmer weather.

Engine has 250,xxx miles, and has been reliable as anything I've ever owned. It just wouldn't start on Tuesday when I went to go to the store.

One fun part of this is that some electrical in the truck is not working properly after I installed a towing mirror two years ago. Cheap Chinese part (I only installed one, as the other side had the rubber door seal installed backwards), I didn't disconnect the battery when installing, and afterwards I didn't have power to the radio, the dome light, and as I found out later, the OBD-II port. So I can't use the scanner to see what code(s) may have popped up.

A friend told me to turn the key three times, leaving it in ON the third time, and read the code it flashes. That didn't work, or it's the wrong number of times of cycling the ignition.

Truck was never intended to be a daily driver, so it's not urgent, but I hate having it down, I like being able to use it when it's needed. Seems the whole fleet is in need of repair at the same time, I was here two years ago. :banghead:

My thought is (free), reinstall the original mirror and see what happens. I don't tow a camper anymore, so I don't need the extra visibility, but it is nice. Then I may be able to read the code and figure it out. I have a guess what may be wrong, but I'm not throwing parts at it. I hate most things with electronic parts that fail, so I'm sure I'm missing something if not a lot.

Watch, it'll start next time I turn it over.
Did you ever get it running?
 

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I finally had a minute to check out the truck. Wouldn't you know it, the damn thing started right up. I'll reinstall the stock mirrors, and see if the dome light and radio work again. If they do I'll scan the computer and see what codes are stored.
 

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Not since I've owned it. I have all the parts for it, and was going to throw them in back when it was down for the water pump and power steering pump deal. It just popped off other than it's below zero deal, so I held off. Guess it's finally time. But the power steering gear is pissing out fluid, that I replaced two years ago, and I haven't put squat for miles on it. I don't need it but for a couple of things around town, so it's not a rush, I have that four speed car to get on the road first. I'll get to it soon, five days off every other week will help.
 
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