Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dodge RAM 1500 Starting Problem

Warning Lights On Dodge Ram

Dashboard Warning Lights ON Dodge Ram

Dodge Starting Issues

Multiple Warning Light indicators on Dashboard

Q: 2009 Ram 1500 4 door 2WD with the 4.7 engine. When it starts 5 of the dash board warning lights stay on. The Brake warning, ABS warning, ESP, ESP, and BAS Light. Two days after this it won't start.

Auto zone checked Battery, Alternator, And Starter. All good.

A: As per what the problem is described.

Dashboard warning Lights

The warning lights are likely going to be unrelated to the starting problem. These lights have come on because the ABS module has seen a failure somewhere in the system and set a fault code, the first thing that will need to be done to diagnose this is use a capable scan tool to see what fault codes have set.

Common Possibilities For warning light On Dash board

It could be anything from a wheel speed sensor to the ABS module itself, steering angle sensor, brake pressure sensor, wiring between the components, etc.

Dodge starting problem:

The starting problem sounds like it's a connection issue. If the battery was truly dead then you would have to jump start it, if all of a sudden battery voltage appears and you can start it that tells us there is a connection/voltage drop issue.

Things To try:

  • The first thing to try is voltage drop test the positive and negative cables when this happens. 
  • It can be poor connection right at the battery, inside the cable where the terminals crimp to it, a ground issue or a connection issue at the TIPM (fuse box/module under the hood). 
  • It's also possible that the TIPM itself could be the issue.

This details will help.


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