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#1 Old 11-02-2011, 07:24 PM
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Question 2001 Ram 1500 with 318 - NO START INTERMITTENT

Hoping someone can help out. Truck just randomly wouldn't start one day, so had to get it pop started (it's a manual) and gt it home. In the driveway it started every time. Then wouldn't start in the morning. Replaced the starter and it started over and over. Started next morning and then wouldn't start again last night. Pop start get it home, starts fine last night. This morning, No start again.

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Replaced starter and had core tested 2x it failed (seized up)
When turning the key can hear click at relay (swapped with blower motor relay and nothing changed)
when turn key and push clutch during it's no start condition, there is plenty of power and can hear fuel pump power up
battery terminals and grounds have been cleaned
problem developed in the past week, it has become colder, however we've also had warmer days in the 50's when this happens

Right now at the ultimate frustration level, because well... it usually starts fine in the driveway and wont start when it's somewhere else, then once it gets home it starts fine until after it sits overnight.

Anyone else have this problem? Any Ideas welcome

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#2 Old 11-02-2011, 07:32 PM
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When thiis happnes you are saying the starter won't spin, or spins but does not engage the ring gear, or the engine turns over but won't fire?

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No Crank at all when you turn the key. It's bizarre, but once it gets pop started, thing starts over and over without a problem ? I imagine the ignition switch would be ok if the relay is clicking ? and it seems to run absolutely normal once it's started.

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There is a switch on the steering column that is activated by a rod from your ignition key lock cylinder. This switch may be failing, or may have come loose & is not letting the actuator rod move far enough to make the switch make contact inside. The ignition key cylinder itself may be worn to the point where it can not allways move the rod far enough to make the switch make contact properely.
If the components I have mentioned are all OK, them I would suggest a voltage drop & amperage draw test at the starter by a mechanic.

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definitely something worth checking, thank you It's currently doing it's no start thing sitting in the driveway right now. Have to invest in some Torx drivers to get the cover off and check.
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Try shaking the key switch when turned to the start position when this no start condition happens. Rock the key towards the dash & back towards yourself.

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ground issue? you said it starts after you pop start it though.

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