Hard Start on 1997 Dodge Dakota

1997 Dodge Dakota pickup standard transmission has intermitent starting problem. Doesn't seem to make any difference if in nuetral, cluths pushed in, foot on brake or emergencyy brake on or any combination. Thanks

Asked by for the 1997 Dodge Dakota
Check the starter. Get your meter or testlight out. If you have power on the big starter cable and you have power on the smaller START wire when your assistant turns the key to START, then the starter's probably faulty. Be sure the battery connection contact areas are clean, bright and tight as well as the battery posts.
if the starter's good and you don't always get power to the START wire, you need to check out the rest of the starting system.