2001 Dodge Ram engine wont start

Tiny
DAVE C
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  • 2001 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
I have a 2001 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.9 L gas engine, I parked the truck the other nite which ran fine at the time, now it wont start, you can smell gas vapors in the exhaust and the fuel zerk fitting on the intake fuel rail shoots out fuel every time I press the schrader valve after I turn the key on the on position and can hear the pump prime up, it turns over and is getting fuel but no spark and no 12volts to the coil. I have changed the crank angle sensor but the reason for changing the sensor was because I rebuilt the 46re tranny and hit it when I installed the tranny, could it be this again?
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:00 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

Please let me know the model of your vehicle if it is a 1500, 2500 etc and the engine size in liter and the 8th digit of the VIN.

Please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and use their tool program and check out a code scanner to pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once you check your codes, if you find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code or codes were, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:26 PM
Tiny
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OK, after thinkin about this I broke the three main things that make a engine run down into 3 sections, Fuel/Ignition/compression, I know I was getting fuel because you can smell the fumes through the exhaust pipe and fuel pressure was good. Compression was good so it lead me to Ignition which I found out what all components was in the ignition system, so I OHMed the coil which was good, I previuosly replaced the crank angle sensor so I figured it was fine so that lead me to the distributor, I replace the pickup assembly because it was the only thing left in the ignition that was not abled to be checked or I never replaced it, BINGO, the service light shutoff and the engine fired up, also replaced the distributor cap becuase of buidup on the terminals, I think the buildup causes resistance in the ignition system and caused the pickup assembly to fail, I want everyone to know that the symptom that my engine started with was sluggish starts like the engine sounds like its woreout, now it starts crisp instantly, thanks for your help, dave
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 AT 3:26 AM

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