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Car wont start. Starter fuse keeps blowing.

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Car won't start. Starter fuse keeps blowing.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ted the Technician replied 5 years ago.
Hi my name isXXXXX is a bulletin from dodge about the starter relay blowing and it lists the updated parts to repair this problem. I hope this helps
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2000 Dodge Truck 1500 Van V6-3.9L VIN X

Vehicle Level Technical Service Bulletins All Technical Service Bulletins Starter Relay Fuse - No Start/Engine Will Not Crank
Starter Relay Fuse - No Start/Engine Will Not Crank
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NUMBER: 08-01-00 Rev. A

GROUP: Electrical

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 30, 2000

THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN 08-01-00, DATED JAN. 21, 2000, WHICH SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FILES. THIS IS A COMPLETE REVISION AND NO ASTERISKS HAVE BEEN USED TO HIGHLIGHT REVISIONS.

SUBJECT:
No Start (Engine Will Not Crank) Due To A Blown Starter Relay Circuit Fuse

 

OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves installing a starter solenoid jumper relay/harness assembly and a new fuse.

 

MODELS:2000 (AB) Ram Van/Wagon 2000 - 2001 (BR/BE)Ram Truck

 

NOTE :THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO RAM TRUCKS AND RAM VANS/WAGONS BUILT BEFORE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

 

RAM VANS/WAGONS

^PILLETTE ROAD ASSEMBLY PLANT - ALL EXCEPT CNG VEHICLES - JANUARY 18, 2000 (MDH 0118XX). CNG VEHICLES - JANUARY 25, 2000 (MDH 0125XX).

 

RAM TRUCKS

^ST. LOUIS ASSEMBLY PLANT (11TH VIN POSITION = "J") - JANUARY 25, 2000 (MDH 0125XX)

 

^WARREN TRUCK ASSEMBLY PLANT (11TH VIN POSITION = "S") - FEBRUARY 2, 2000 (MDH 0202XX).

 

^SALTILLO TRUCK ASSEMBLY PLANT (11TH VIN POSITION = "G") - FEBRUARY 7, 2000 (MDH 0207XX).

 

^LAGO ALBERTO ASSEMBLY PLANT (11TH VIN POSITION = "M") - FEBRUARY 14, 2000 (MDH 0214XX).

 

SYMPTOM/CONDITION:

The vehicle will not start (engine will not crank) due to a blown starter relay circuit fuse.


 

DIAGNOSIS:
Inspect for a blown starter relay circuit fuse. The starter relay circuit fuse is located in the fuse block on Ram Van/Wagons and is fuse number 17. On Ram Trucks, the starter relay fuse is located in the Power Distribution Center (PDC) and is fuse "D." If the fuse is blown, inspect the starter relay circuit for any electrical shorts to ground. Refer to the appropriate Service Manual, Group 8W-21 "Starting System Wiring Diagrams" for circuit identification, components, and their locations. If there are no apparent electrical shorts to ground in the starter relay circuit, perform the Repair Procedure.

 

PARTS REQUIRED:

THIS REPAIR IS COMPATIBLE WITH DAIMLERCHRYSLER'S MOBILE SERVICE PROGRAM AND DOES NOT REQUIRE HOISTS OR OTHER FULL SERVICE FACILITY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT.

NOTE :A SUPPLEMENTAL WIRE SCHEMATIC FOR PAGE 8W-21-2 OF THE 2000 RAM VAN SERVICE MANUAL (PUBLICATION NO. 81-370-0007) IS ATTACHED TO THIS TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

 

POLICY: Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

TIME ALLOWANCE:

Labor Operation No: 08-90-65-97 0.4 Hrs.

 

FAILURE CODE: P8 - New Part

 

 

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
SO, you don't think that it's the starter?
Expert:  Ted the Technician replied 5 years ago.

I am sorry the part numbers didnt print. here they are.

 

04687835 25 amp fuse

05019014aa relay harness

 

Not the starter but possiblly the wiring harness update from the bulletin. If the bulletin applies to your veh VIN . This would be a less expensive repair.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ted,

I just wanted you to know that your advise saved me a couple of hundred dollars. I went to a 25 amp fuse, still no start. Called the Dodge parts people. They wanted $90 for the wiring relay. I didn't figure that the battery cable was bad. So, that meant that I would have to pay $90 for about 6 feet of 16 gauge wire. That I wasn't going to do. So I spl iced in some 16 ga wire, replacing the 18 ga. Went back to the original 20 amp fuse. Starts right up now. Thanks again. You are the mechanic!

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