Sorry to be so long to get back to you. We had to get new/reman heads for the Dakota. It's with a different mechanic now. He got it put back together yesterday (Friday the 17th), but he told me last night, that there is no spark, and no fuel (fuel pump may not be working). He said he had worked several hours trying to figure out what's happened. He expected to turn the key, and it would start - but it didn't. I don't understand either.
He said he had checked several relays, etc, but didn't help.
What do you think? What would you do? I'm even more worried about the money now. As I may have said, I'm a senior citizen on a very limited budget, and this is taking all of my savings, but I feel I can't give up now.
Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.
I'll ask him tomorrow. He had checked several of the relays, don't know if that was one of the ones he checked. The engine cranks, but there is no spark from the plugs, and won't start. What is the ASD relay, how can we tell if it is working?
He put a tester on the coil with the key off, and the light came on, same thing when he touched the tester to the battery. Apparently, the light is not supposed to light when the key is off. He had changed the coil a couple of times too.
How do we check for power at the coil when cranking the engine?
He said he has never had this much trouble before. We're wondering if it is the computer.
What would make the tester light come on with the key off? Does that mean there is a short in the wiring? Is there a good way to check for a short?
It was quite a surprise when the engine was cranked, but no spark came from the spark plug wire.
What would stop spark from coming from the plugs and keeping the engine from starting?
How can we narrow it down to exactly what is causing it to not start and run?
I'll see what happens tomorrow. Got to go now, am running late. Thanks.
So sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. It's been a nightmare for the last several months. I don't have a complete list of everything that has been done or replaced on the Dakota. I finally got it back from the mechanic (took longer than I would have liked, but with limited funds, had to wait). It finally passed the stupid "emissions test" we have to endure here.
Anyway, the problem I'm having with it is, when I try to accelerate quickly, it cuts out. Recently, I took it for about 20 miles on the freeway. When I got near 60 MPH, it started cutting out, and the tach read 3800. When I backed off, and stayed around 55-58, it ran good. After it sat for about 5 hours, I did the 20 miles again. That time, it did 60 without cutting out, and the tach read 2400-2700. The computer was one of the things that was replaced.
What is your thought about what else we can try, to get it straightened out? My friend replaced the fuel hose (the larger one) behind the throttle body, but it still cuts out.
Sorry this is so long. I would really appreciate your help. I'm a senior citizen on a really limited income, and I've spent all my savings on this truck.
Thank you very much.