2004 Dodge Ram Diesel won't start after driver front wheel had a massive blow-out

Tiny
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  • 2004 DODGE RAM
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I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel - the front trire blew out by the treads comming off of the tire and whipping all over the place. It knocked out the driver head light and broke/pulled apart some wires behind the light. One of the wires looked like a coupling, but the union was missing. It ran log enough to pull off the road, and then died. In addition, behind the wheel, it pulled apart the wires that controlled the back left flasher. When we plugged that back in, the flasher started working.
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Monday, September 24th, 2012 AT 10:58 PM

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Tiny
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Here is a side image of the "broken union"
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Monday, September 24th, 2012 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE WILL PIPE IN WITH A BETTER ANSWER

JUST LOOKING AT THE 2 CONNECTORS

I REALLY DO NOT THINK THEY PLUG TOGETHER (I COULD BE WRONG!)

IT'S HARD TO TELL BY THE PICS, BUT IT APPEARS THAT IN YOUR 1ST PIC, THE TOP CONNECTOR IS REALLY DIRTY INSIDE (EVEN THE ALIGNMENT VANES INSIDE) AND LOOKS AS IF IT HAS BEEN DANGLING FOR SOME TIME. NOT CONNECTED TO ANYTHING (MAYBE IT'S AN OPTION YOUR TRUCK DOES NOT HAVE---OR IT "WAS CONNECTED" TO SOMETHING THAT'S FUNCTION HAS NOT BEEN "MISSED" IN A WHILE

I CANNOT SEE THE INSIDE OF THE OTHER ONE

MY 1977 JEEP CJ 5 HAS MANY DANGLING UNUSED CONNECTORS. ONE SUCH BEING "OPTIONAL" FLOOR LIGHTING UNDER EITHER SIDE OF THE DASH (WOULD OPERATE LIKE A DOME LIGHT, WHEN THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH IS TURNED FULLY CW AND CLICKS)

REGARDLESS---IF THEY WERE CONNECTED TO SOMETHING, THE "MALE END" IS CLOSE BY, THAT THEY CONNECT TO

THE WIRES AND CONNECTIONS CAN TRAVEL 360 DEGREES IN EVERY DIRECTION (BASICALLY AN INVISIBLE SPHERE)

PULLING EACH ONE IN EVERY DIRECTION, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOCATE THE MISSING CONNECTOR, SENSOR, OR APPLIANCE THEY HOOK INTO.

DETACH A SIDE MIRROR OR USE A SUN VISOR MIRROR AND USE IT TO LOOK UNDER AND AROUND STUFF WITH A FLASHLIGHT

SHOULD EITHER ONE HAVE CONNECTED TO ANOTHER WIRE AND CONNECTOR---REMEMBER IT TOO MAY HAVE BEEN "FLUNG" SOMEWHERE AWAY FROM THE IMMEDIATE AREA, IT TOO HAS 360 DEGREE EVERY DIRECTION MOVEMENT. SO YOU MIGHT WANNA LOOK FURTHER THAN THE "REACH" OF 2 IN YOUR HAND.

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ARE THEY HOOK TO A SENSOR OR AN APPLIANCE---NOT ANOTHER WIRE. JUDGING BY THE WAY THEY ARE MADE

SORRY I CAN'T DO BETTER

OTHERS MAY JUMP IN

KEEP US INFORMED

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 AT 12:05 AM
Tiny
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Thanks. I have a mirror I will look around more. I have fuel, but the pump doesn't pump. I thought maybe these had something to do with the inface for the fuel pump. If I can't fix it, I will have it towed to a shop. I will keep you posted.
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 AT 1:19 AM
Tiny
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GOOD LUCK!

IT'S GONNA BE IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK. SO LOOK THERE 1ST!

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 AT 2:11 AM

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