1999 Dodge Dakota No power getting to fuel pump

Tiny
KUTEBUG3
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  • 1999 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 113,000 MILES
I have a '99 Dodge Dakota. It is a v6. I woke up one morning and it wouldn't start. It cranks over like it wants to, but won't. After replacing a fuel pump that did not need replacement I realized that it isn't getting any power to the pump itself. I have checked the O2 sensor, replaced the spark plugs, checked the cylinoid, and the fuses are good, and checked the ground wire and battery. I just had a steering column replaced about 2 months ago. After the "mechanic" installed it he had a similar issue but resolved it by replacing two fuses. Once we got it back from the shop we noticed some issues with it that were not present prior to having the repair done. When we would start it sometimes we would have to hold it idling at about half grand until it shot up to one grand on its own before we could take off or else it would stall. Sometimes it would start right up and go with no issues. This did NOT happen before it went into the shop which leaves me to wonder if our current situation has something to do with a mistake maybe when putting in the steering column. But we are not sure. What else could it be if not that nor the other things that I have already checked? I am at a loss here. This is my ONLY vehicle and with kids and work I REALLY need to figure it out. I can't afford to take it to the shop, especially if it turns out to be a minor issue. Maybe if I got a better idea of the issue I could repair it myself at a much cheaper cost. Your help is so seriously needed and GREATLY appreciated!
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 AT 8:08 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have you checked to make sure the fuel pump relay is good? Is there power to the relay? Also, will the engine run a few seconds with starting fluid?

Let me know.

Joe
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 12:16 AM

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