Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. very first things to do. 1. make sure the battery terminal are very clean and very tight. 2. make sure the negative cable for the battery is clean and tight where it connects to the engine. 3. Make sure the large cable to the alternator is tight. 4. the power wire(red) going into the fuse box in the engine compartment needs to be checked for corrosion and tightness.
do you have a code reader?
i just want to know if there are any fault codes stored, but i really think your dealing with a an ignition switch problem here
i had a couple that had bad switches, but this issue is sooo prevalent in the 97-99's. the other few turned out to be the instrument cluster. theres a circuit board inside that everything goes through and they develop cold solder joints after a few years. next time it doesnt start smack the top of the dash above the instrument cluster.....
if it starts then you will need a new cluster. theres no way to troubleshoot it because its an intermittent problem
you could pull the instrument cluster out and check the connectors and wires to see if everything looks kosher
checking in to see how its going