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What would cause an engine to self-start. Headlights turned…

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What would cause an...

What would cause an engine to self-start

Mechanic's Assistant: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?

Headlights turned on and battery was charged.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car?

Dodge Ram 1500 Pick-up with the V-6 Engine (not 4 wheel)

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your Ram 1500?

2002

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

I was trying to turn it off. I pulled one fuse (don't know which one) put it

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Put the fuse back in and a couple of minutes later the engine stopped.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago
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Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

I am very sorry your having this issue with your vehicle.

I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

However, before we get started, please let me mention a few things.

1. If at any point you would like to speak on the phone, please feel free to request a phone call on your end and I can call you right away.

2. If you dont understand any technical terms or anything that I mention (component tests or theory or operation), please let me know and I will provide you with a more in debt explanation or answer.

3. Please understand that I am here to help.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Are you saying that the engine cranks over by itself?

Are you looking for some possible causes?

Would you be willing to speak on the phone?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
This is the first time, the truck was parked in the drive way and suddenly just started on its own. I have an electric problem that
comes out as lamp out. I isolated it to one of the rear light socket and pulled the bulb out and trouble light went off.
Yes.
Yes/
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Sounds good thank you for that information.

Are there any anti theft alarm system, security system or remote starter installed on the vehicle?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
none.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
No security systems or remote starter are connected to the vehicle
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Thank you for that information. I recommend we start by checking one circuit at a time. Lets start with the starting circuit.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
your thinking it may be a short in the starting circuit.
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Yes sir! Relay, wiring issue or short to power down at the starter.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Thanks for your help. Now I talk with some intelligence to my mechanic. Thanks over/out.
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Your welcome!

Would you like to continue?

Or have I answered all of your questions?

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

If I have answered all of your questions, I ask that you provide me with a positive rating.

However, if you have further questions, please let me know as I will be happy to help.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Hello there!

I am just checking in to see how things are going and to see if you need any further assistance?

If so, please let me know as I will be happy to help.

Best Regards,

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