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Need some help getting my Dakota running again.

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Hello guys,
I’ve got a 1999 Dakota R/T. unfortunately my truck decided to just stop running. It took me to work, but wouldn’t start when I was ready to leave. Came back a day later with startup fluid and some tools. Took off the distributor cap to see if it had condensation from all the rain. It was fine. put it back together put some injector cleaner in the tank and sprayed some start up fluid in the throttle bottle, she started and took me home. It then started and I was able to drive down the block and back for like 4 days. The day I was gonna take it to my mechanic it decided to not start again and it’ hasn’t started since. At first it would crank, I’d hear the fuel pump prime and the rpms would bounce. Today I decided to work on it. I swapped the crank sensor, ignition coil, distributor cap and rotor and I tried to start it. Nothing and now the rpms do nothing when cranking it. I got a spark tester and a fuel pressure tester. Hooked up the spark tester to the ignition coil, no spark. Also hooked up the fuel pressure tester to the schrader valve on the fuel rail and the gauge reads nothing even though I can hear the fuel pump turn on. Don’t know what to do at this point and I don’t have a ob2 scanner. In dire need of some help as I do not have a car for work and Uber is expensive. Thanks in advance!
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Have you tested your spark tester? Disconnect your wires from your coil .Take a jumper wire and clip it to the positive side of the coil.take another jumper on the net side . Now connect the pos to the pos of the batt and lightly brush the wire to a grounded piece of metal while your spark tester is hooked to the primary of the coil and you should get a spark as you brush the neg of the coil that is the sure fire way to test a coil no meter needed but the chances of the coil being bad is minimal. If all the test from Immatt turn out to test the pcm before you have it tested clean the connectors to it and try the spark again all the procedures he recommended or correct so good luck !!!!!!
Messed up I meant to say lightly brush the negative side of the coil
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