What Are Some Common Dodge Truck Starting Problems?


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Dodge Grand Caravans manufactured between the years 1996 and 2013 intermittently experience ignition failure due to a worn key or lock cylinder, and Dodge Avengers manufactured between the years 1995 and 2014 often suffer from a faulty anti-theft system that prohibits the vehicle from starting. Another common problem is a failed camshaft position sensor, affecting some Dodge Dakotas built between 1991 and 2010.

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To repair Dodge Grand Caravans with ignition problems, often replacing the lock cylinder and tumblers allows the vehicle to start up properly. Dodge Avengers with electrostatic discharge problems affecting the anti-theft system need only update to the latest wireless control module firmware. Dodge Dakota vehicles with failed camshaft position sensors require installation of new position sensor by a qualified mechanic.

Other common Dodge truck starting problems include a fuel return line leak that affects Dodge Ram 2500 vehicles produced between the years 1994 and 2007. Typically, this problem causes the engine to crank upon ignition, but it fails to start properly. It affects 5.9-liter six-cylinder Diesel Turbo engines most commonly and generally does so after significant mileage: an average of 177,985 according to RepairPal.com. This leak allows air to enter the injection pump, halting the ignition process.

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