Engine won't turn over

Tiny
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2006 Dodge Dakota won't start. Radio, wipers, lights work fine. Every light on the dash comes up when ignition turned. But engine won't turn over, no clicking, no reaction. Boosted truck, battery holds charge, still nothing.
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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 AT 3:40 PM

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Hello,

It sounds like the starter motor had gone out but to be sure lets do a simply test using a test light.

Here is a guide that shows what you are in for when testing the starter and how to replace it.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

If no power is present when changing it over find the starter relay under the hood in the fuse box. There are two ways to attack this problem. One is to pop the cover off the relay, reinstall the relay into the socket, and squeeze the contact. There are actually three circuits. If the starter cranks the engine when you squeeze the contact, you will know the high-current starter circuit works, and the medium-current circuit that runs the starter solenoid, (which turns on the starter) is working. That just leaves the low-current circuit from the ignition switch.

The second method involves removing the starter relay, then taking four measurements in the socket terminals with a test light. This all assumes there isn't some silly anti-theft system preventing the starter from engaging.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken
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