2008 Dodge Ram Starter

Tiny
TREVORMG
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  • 2008 DODGE RAM
  • 4.7L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 97,604 MILES
I bought a new starter today and after connecting it to my truck all I get is a click and spinning sound. I had my battery charged and fully tested along with my alternator so I know that is not the issue. The fly wheel is still in perfect condition. I believe it might be the actual wires connecting to the starter and battery but I am not quite sure I would really like some input and some possible fixes.
- Trevor
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 8:57 PM

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Tiny
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You aren't clear on what you mean by "connecting it to my truck". Did you install the starter and connect the wires properly or are you trying to test it off the engine? If it's on the engine, disconnect the larger battery cable at the starter, then see what happens. Disconnect the negative cable at the battery while you're wrenching on the starter so you don't make major sparks. Once the battery is reconnected, you should get a rather loud clunk from the starter when you turn the ignition switch to "crank". If you do, most likely the starter drive is defective.

What was wrong with the old starter? Was it doing the same thing? If it was, suspect a cracked flex plate. Remove the starter or the inspection cover on the bottom of the transmission and try to turn the flex plate by hand. You can also put a mark on the flex plate, then see if it turns after you try cranking the engine.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 9:16 PM
Tiny
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I connected the starter to my truck along with connecting in to the battery. The old starter seems to be doing the same thing as the new one I turn the ignition it sounds like its trying to engage but then just a spinning sound. I was told from the auto parts store that it might be corroded wires making it to where the starter was not getting enough power from the battery.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 9:47 PM
Tiny
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Two low-failure starters doing the same thing? My vote is for a cracked flex plate.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 10:31 PM
Tiny
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Or the bolts fell out of the torque converter.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 10:33 PM
Tiny
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Is there anyway you could send me a diagram of some kimd or explain exactly where its at?
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 10:39 PM
Tiny
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There really isn't a picture because everything is buried. The flex plate is bolted to the crankshaft with six bolts. Four other bolts attach the outer wings to the torque converter. You need to remove the inspection cover to check those four bolts. If those four bolts are in place but the assembly doesn't turn when you turn the front of the engine by hand, the transmission has to be removed to replace the flex plate.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 11:36 PM

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