Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Cat Lake, ON, Canada
Vehicle: 2007 Dakota V8 magnum
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Lightning strikes & Dakota won't start...
Hey there - my first post here because I'm trying to figure out an issue with my truck. I live in a place where I am not able to take it to a mechanic and have to figure things out myself. Here's what happened. It was a dark and stormy night... Kidding - There was a lightning strike near the truck. When it struck the lights flashed, horn made noise, etc. Since then, it hasn't started. Won't crank, won't make a noise, nothing. The lights on the dash come on, BUT some things don't work, such as the wipers, ventilation, lights, etc. When I plug the battery in, the right front headlight comes on, even though the lights are turned off. So far this is what I have been able to do.
I changed the starter, nothing still. I can get it to crank when I cross the red wire to the solenoid wire with a screwdriver. I have power to the starter and the alternator, but I have a struggle checking more than that. I have a multimeter, but that's pretty much it.
I did pull the computer out and did a visual inspection, looks ok.
I've checked all the fuses and relays, but they seem ok. It's hard to verify the relay's but what I could do, they seem ok too.
I do have a device to check the computer, but it cannot communicate with the ECU. 2 devices said the same thing.
Any more ideas? Keep in mind, I have NO way to bring it to a mechanic. I live on a fly-in only reservation in Northern Ontario, Canada. I've only had the truck for 5 months and it was running GREAT, until this happened. Thanks for any help/ideas!