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I have. 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. It won't run. It will roar for

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I have. 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. It won't run. It will roar for a quick second if I put the pedal down. But will not run. I have replaced the spark plugs and wires. Tested and confirmed I have spark. There is air fuel mixture (I accidentally ignited it while testing the spark), but it won't run. What is wrong with my truck?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

So the engine will run on starting fluid.. correct?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It won't run on starting fluid.
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

But it does have spark correct?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it does.
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

Ok, if the engine has spark but does not run on starting fluid, either the ignition or valve timing is off of the engine is flooded. You might want to disable the fuel system and run the test again. If you get the same results, I would check engine compression next.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When I tested the spark too close to the open cylinder it ignited the mixture. Wouldn't that indicate the timing is correct?
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

No sir. Only if the engine ran on starting fluid.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't understand
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

Please accept my offer and call me

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. Please explain it through a message.
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

The mixture will ignite is there is fuel.. because it is flammable. If it does not run on starting fluid then the engine is out of time, or there is a base engine mechanical problem. You might want to try it again to be sure your getting the correct results.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you mean a base engine mechanical problem?
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

Broken timing chain, crankshaft issue or camshaft issue..

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Try what again?
Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

The starting fluid test

Expert:  Amedee replied 1 year ago.

Did you have any further questions?