2005 Dodge Ram 2005 Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7 L

Tiny
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  • 2005 DODGE RAM
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For the last few days, when I would start my truck, all of the gears on the dash indicator would light up like I was in all gears. As soon as I applied the brake and proceeded to put it into an actual gear, it would show the right gear. Now, my truck will not start at all. It will not even try to crank over. It just clicks. We have checked the starter, battery, battery cables, and there is not a blown fuse. There is power to all my lights and electric windows. They run like normal. The voltage gage on the dash is reading very low and a couple times it read nothing. Any ideas as to what we could try next?
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 11:07 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

How did you check the Battery? If you used a Volt Meter the only thing it will show you is what the voltage is in the battery and it could show 12.66 Volt which is a fully charged battery. But, it does not show you what the CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) are which is what the starter needs in or to be turned over. Have you tied jump starting it? If not please do so. If starts then could be a bad battery. Would suggest if you can drive it to your local parts store and ask then to test your battery, starting system and Alternator.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 3:01 PM
Tiny
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I just bought a new battery 3 months ago.
We tried jumping it. No change. We took the battery out and put it on the charger just in case. Still no change.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 3:09 PM
Tiny
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We are in the process of trying a different battery just in case. Let you know what happens.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 3:16 PM
Tiny
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Here is something to look for also. Look around for Ground Straps, they will be Braided Flat Wires about 1/2 or larger wide. If any are broken or in bad shape could cause problem. Also try grounding the battery by using the jumper cables, attach one end to the battery neg and the other to a good ground on the engine. If starts then you have a ground problem and could be just a dirty or bad connection at the block.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 3:38 PM
Tiny
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Ok. We tried a different battery. No change.
We will try grounding the battery next and check out the grounding straps.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 4:06 PM
Tiny
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Evidently he already tried re-grounding the battery and there was no change. He also checked the grounding straps and they seem fine. We have been at this for 3 days and are getting frustrated.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 4:11 PM
Tiny
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Good news. It's fixed! Thank you so much for all your suggestions. It was a ground wire that grounds to the engine block. I had my truck worked on at the dealership about 6 months ago and we are thinking someone forgot to plug the wire back in. Thanks again!
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 4:51 PM
Tiny
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Great News!

Congrats on the fix.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 5:00 PM

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