Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi kenneybe... welcome to Just Answer!
A few questions to get us started...
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Thanks Big Dog.
Your info came up later... after I'd sent my post. Sorry for the extra work!
The most common cause for this situation is loss of ignition reference signal... bad distributor pickup plate. If you've got help handy, have someone crank the engine while you manipulate the pigtail that comes out of the distributor. They die most often because of an actual failure of the pigtail rather than the Hall switch within the distributor.
If it still won't go, disconnect the distributor pickup plate and use a pair of needle-nose pliers (convenient) to jumper the two opposite terminals together with the key on. This will simulate a distributor signal and the coil and injector will fire. If you see signs of life with this test, the problem lies closer to the distributor.
Remove the cap and check to see the rotor move when the engine is cranked. A broken timing belt will interrupt ignition reference when nothing happens inside the distributor.
If it turns.. great! Remove the pickup plate (lifts right out) and check for physical damage to the unit. The rotating reluctor below can become loose and whack the pickup plate Hall switch, breaking it. If the reluctor is OK and the plate is intact... replace the pickup plate. It's plug-n-play.
Don't hesitate to write back if you see something else. OK?
Ooof! Looks like timing belt time,Customer
Check your oil first, make sure something shows on the stick. Low oil pressure will affect the camshaft first, possibly seizing it. But if you haven't had the belt replaced in the last 100K or so... probably just a broken belt. No damage will result; your engine is free-wheeling.