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Won't start, seems electrical

gi4usa1gi4usa1 Posts: 3
edited October 2015 in Dodge
My son owns a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2L. He turned it off last night and this morning it had no electrical power. The battery and alternator were recently replaced so I didn't suspect them. When I looked at it it had no power, no lights, radio, nothing. I thought maybe the cable connections were dirty. I cleaned them and we had power. As soon as we tried to start the car, it clicked and we once again had no power. Any Ideas???


  • The battery an the alternator were replaced not the starter. Typo
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Typo fixed. :)

    You may want to check the connections at the "firewall" side of the battery cables and do a load test of the battery, even though it's new. Actually, you may want to recheck all the battery connections. Sure sounds like a dead battery.
  • I have checked the connections. I can disconnect and reconnect the cables and I have power. The lights work and the door buzzer works. As soon as I turn the key I loose everything. I am leaning toward the ignition switch.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,270
    No I also think it's battery related or connection related. One thing a detective has to know is not to assume anything, even a new part out of the box being good. Test everything and go to the most likely cause rather than an outlying cause.

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  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 4,926
    gi4usa1 do you have a volt meter?
  • replace your battery cables they have a problem with corroding inside the terminals
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