1990 Dodge Dakota wont start

Tiny
AQTYISME
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  • 1990 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 180 MILES
I just replaced a head gasket in my 1990 dodge dakota v-6 it was running pretty good actually before it over heated but still started, I also replaced the waterpump, radiator, and thermostate, and I pt the truck back together the only thing now is that it dont want to start, it cranks but it wont start, what could it possibibly be? I realy took my time putting it back together but it was the first time ive done a head.
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Thursday, February 24th, 2011 AT 1:36 PM

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Tiny
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Check for spark first. If it's missing, measure the voltage on the feed wire to the ignition coil. You should see battery voltage there for one second after turning on the ignition switch. What's important is it must come back during engine cranking. If it does not, suspect a problem with the camshaft position sensor in the distributor or the crankshaft position sensor in the transmission bell housing behind the right head.

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Friday, February 25th, 2011 AT 11:23 AM
Tiny
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1. You verry well may have crossed one or two spark plug wires from the distributor 2. Make sure the head is compleetly sealed but my first guess would be a messed up fireing order
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 AT 3:14 AM
Tiny
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How would that prevent it from running?
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 AT 6:32 AM
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BAMACAMP24
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Well you said its not turning over and I assume that you didnt fix the head without pulling the spark plugs maby you did I only you know but if those spark plug wires are not wired up to the right fireing order it causes misfireing and more than likely the vehicle wont start you cant just hook up spark plug wires anywhrer on the distributor there is an order that each valve has a hole on the distributor where only it can go you plug the wire from the wrong valve and the vehicle will sound just like you described have a good one
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 AT 1:00 PM

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