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Don 'Mo Lurch'
Don 'Mo Lurch', Aftermarket & Factory Electronics
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Experience:  Cert. Dodge & Chrysler Warnty, Heavy Line Mech, Mobile Electronics. Sales, Installation & Repair for 30 years
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Dearest, I have the same no bus, no start, no spark issue.

Customer Question

Dearest Chris,
I have the same no bus, no start, no spark issue. Other symptoms are gauges don't work, fuel pump and engine/ASD relays not buzzing. I've spent numerous hours reading online. Then I read a post of yours from 7 years ago!!! It's pointing me in the right direction. You seem extremely knowledgeable. I have a 2003 Dakota, 3.9L, 6 cylinder. I do my own mechanical work. I'm a novice with anything electrical, so please be simplistic in your response. I found the PCM pinout connector diagrams from another website. I included anything I thought might be relevant. My readings are follows:
2 fused ignition switch output 0 volts
17 5 volt supply .06 volts
22 fused B+ 12.3 volts
31 ground 0 volts
32 ground 0 volts
31 5 volt supply .06 volts
3 ASD relay control 12.3 volts
12 ASD relay output .06 volts
28 CCD bus (-) 0 volts
30 CCD bus (+) 0 volts
With extreme gratitude, Dawn
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Don 'Mo Lurch' replied 9 months ago.

Prior to any Repair or Parts.......You need to have use of Dodge DRB Scan Tool or Equal to read ALL Trouble Codes & access the Instrument Panel & / or the PCM, otherwise you will just be "guessing"
NO BUS is "No DATA Communication" between the Instrument Cluster & the PCM
This is a 50 - 50 repair "IF" you do not use a Scan Tool to help Isolate the cause
Many times the Cluster is at fault & "Repair / Replace is needed, but you will need Scan Tool for Programming, unless you find a Seller that can Pre Program from the V.I.N.
Same thing with the PCM.........

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I get all of that, however, The ASD and fuel pump relays aren't even powering up. I never purchased a scan tool because I can pull up codes by turning over the key several times. The codes appear in the odometer. How do I know if I am getting power to the PCM or if I have a bad wire powering the PCM?
Expert:  Don 'Mo Lurch' replied 9 months ago.

They won't "power up" without a input from the PCM to activate the Relays
The Instrument Cluster supplies the DATA needed to the PCM
You cannot do a On Board Scan when NO BUS is present
Dealer Scan Tool or Equal that can read ALL Trouble Codes & access the Instrument Panel & / or the PCM is needed

You can test "both sides" of Fuses, but if you have the NO BUS message present, a blown fuse / Voltage is not likely the cause

Expert:  Don 'Mo Lurch' replied 9 months ago.

Did you have any other questions?
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Thank you.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I purchased a scan tool. I have no trouble codes. I was hoping this would help. What now???
Expert:  Don 'Mo Lurch' replied 9 months ago.

The Scan Tool needed has to be similar to Dealer Scan Tool that can read DATA from the different Modules, PCM & Instrument Panel
Most Scan Tools that read DATA are apprx $1400.00 & up
Generic low cost Code Readers cannot read DATA for this issue