FAQs—Dodge D300 Series
Last month, I replaced the battery and cable of my Dodge D300 series. Just last week, I tried starting it, and got nothing, not even a whisper. I tried using a jumper box and got a spark out of the positive cable connection, but I didn't get a starter action. I removed the battery, thinking that it was a junk, but I had it tested and it works fine. This morning, I tried starting my truck again, but it just wouldn't crank. I replaced the switch and the other cables. Still, nothing happened. Am I missing anything? What should I do to fix it?
Have you been keeping your truck in storage for a long period of time? If yes, then its components might already been wearing out or corroding. Replacing your battery is a good idea, but the other parts should be checked and replaced as necessary. When starting your truck, try to wiggle the firewall connector, and see if it makes a difference. If not, then you might need to change your distributor cap and rotor because they are most probably worn out due to old age. When buying your new cap and rotor, buy one that has brass inside. It is also important to ensure that the coil wires are intact and in good condition. Check your relay and switch for signs of rust and corrosion as well. Replace the worn-out parts immediately, and try starting your truck again.
Lately, I've been having a fuel problem with my Dodge D300 Series. My truck cut out on me while I was driving it last week, so I checked what could have caused it. Upon checking, I found out that the fuel filter was not being filled with fuel. I've never experienced something like this before, so I brought my truck to the dealer. They replaced the stock fuel pump, but it didn't fix it. I thought that my gas cap could be worn out, so I replaced it as well. However, the problem insists until now, and I don't know what else to do. What's wrong with my truck?
If you are thinking of tearing into the engine, you might want to check the fuel system first. You might want to check the condition of your fuel tank, as well as the lines and the filter if they are set for replacement as well. You can also perform another test by hooking up the electric pump to the supply line, and see how it allows fuel to come through to the pump. If you see strong spurts, then it means that sometimes, the pump can push a good shot, other times, it doesn't. It is a matter of knowing whether it is actually starving for fuel or it is just not functioning properly. To do this, simply crank your engine for at least 15 seconds, with the fuel line into a bottle. The volume will tell you if the pump is working properly or not. Replace your fuel pump if necessary.