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Old 12-15-2011, 06:53 PM
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98 5.2 Durango cranks but won't start!?

Hey guys/gals,

I recently bought a 98 dodge durango with a 5.2 and found out the water pump failed so I WAS going to replace that down at my fire dept(more tools and indoors is nice for working on vehicles)...But when i went to start the durango it would crank but NOT turn over.

Here's what I checked:
-Battery, good.
-spark at plugs, there's spark but may be weak.
-fuel in the lines, yes. unsure of pressure though.
-fuel pump sounds when key is turned.

So far I've been told it could be: the Coil, fuel pressure regulator, fuel relay, fuel pump, crankshaft sensor....???

If anybody has any ideas or solutions to what the problem could be, please let me know. You opinions and inputs are greatly appreciated. thank you!

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:06 PM
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Well, if it cranks, then it's running..so whats the problem? lol

I get it, you mean it turns over, just won't start.

You have drove it prior to this, so you know for a fact that it did run and drive?

You really need to see that there is good fire coming from the coil to dist.
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Take your air hat off, spray some ether or gas in there, see if it hits a lick or two that way, if it does it means you got fire but no fuel.
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Yes, it was running the day before it wouldn't start.

what is a good way to determine that there is good fire from the coil to dist???
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:11 PM
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I did try the gas method in the carb/throttle body ...didnt do anything.
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Then you probably have an ignition problem.... pull out a few plugs one at a time and check for spark. Could be the crank or cam sensor, could also be the coil
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:19 PM
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Yes, it was running the day before it wouldn't start.

what is a good way to determine that there is good fire from the coil to dist???
What I've always done is get a pair of pliers, and hold the spark plug wire to the coil, about a half inch away, just far enough away to see a spark go to the wire from coil, and have a friend hit the key while you watch.

If you don't see a spark, there's your problem.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:39 PM
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OKay, once I get home from work I will test out these ideas. Thanks a lot guys! I really appreciate the help

Fingers crossed!
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Cranks but wont turn over; how can that be; cranking IS turning over....
Turn over doesn't mean run, fire, pop, fart, just that the engine spins over when you hit the key... the crank is turning so yes it is "turning over".
Codes? I had that issue on my 97 Ram 1500 wound up being the crank sensor; I shut it off to fill w/ gas then went in and paid; got in the truck to leave and crank but no start.
my 94 Dak just did the same thing 2 weeks ago, except in my driveway; crank sensor again.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:57 PM
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Okay, I guess I should say I'm sorry for mixing up terminology...

The vehicle Cranks/turns over BUT does NOT start.

There was a check engine light on when it WAS starting but I never had a chance to look into it...I've only had it for a week today.

***fixed the topic title now, lol***
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:15 AM
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Okay, so i tried the 3 key cycle of the ignition to pressurize the fuel lines....and it fired up but died quickly....tried that again a few minutes later and fired up but dies a few seconds later.

What is this telling me?
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:18 AM
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oh....and I got spark at the coil too. held it with pliers and ZZZAAAAP! I got a tingly sensation, lol
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:23 AM
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I was afraid it'd be the fuel pump.

Do you think it could be as simple as a clogged fuel filter???
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