No start, has fuel pressure but not spark

Tiny
JOHNNIE ARTHUR
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  • 1999 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 204,000 MILES
Replaced coil pack, cam sensor, and ECM. Has fuel pressure, no spark. Relays fuses all good. When turn on key there is a click under dash. Clicks five or six times then stops. Never heard it before.
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 AT 5:34 PM

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Tiny
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Fuel pressure is misleading because the fuel pump will run for one second when the ignition switch is turned on. What is missing ninety five percent of the time is it fails to resume running during cranking. Spark will be missing too for most crank/no-starts.

The place to start is by determining if the automatic shutdown, (ASD) relay is turning on. The easiest way to check that is to measure the voltage on the dark green/orange wire at any injector, the ignition coil pack, or either smaller terminal on the back of the alternator. A test light works best because digital voltmeters do not respond fast enough. You should see the test light turn on for one second when you turn on the ignition switch. What is important is it must turn on again during engine rotation, (cranking or running). If it does not, the crankshaft position sensor is the best suspect, but first read the diagnostic fault codes.

Be aware that cam and crank sensors often do not set a code for a missing signal just from cranking the engine. They commonly only set while a stalled engine is coasting to a stop. You lost that information when you replaced the engine computer. If there is no fault code related to the no-start, it becomes necessary to use a scanner to see if either sensor is shown as missing its signal.
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 AT 5:46 PM
Tiny
JOHNNIE ARTHUR
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Thank you I was thinking crank sensor, but I did not remember seeing one in bell housing. Is that where it is located on 2.4L?
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 AT 6:08 PM
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Look on the back of the engine, behind the oil filter.
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