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Dodge Ram 2500 Numerous Conditions May Cause Engine to Crank But Not Start

Dodge Ram 2500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005

Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 5.9L 6 Cylinder Diesel Turbo

Average Mileage: 129,929 mi (114,000 mi - 155,789 mi)


If the engine is difficult to start or cranks but does not start, it can be caused by a leak in the return side of the fuel system. This type of leak can allow air to enter the injection pump resulting in starting issues. A rubber hose on the back of the injection pump, connecting the pump to the steel hard line, that can be the source of this type of leak.

  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    Engine turns over but won't fire. Have had no previous problems starting this truck has always started right away.

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  • drove it turned it off would not restart just cranks

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  •  Rookie

    After replacement of the lift (transfer) pump AND the VP44 main pump, after about 60 miles I noticed and smelled diesel dripping onto the ground right under the driver's seat. The mechanic said that the rubber fuel return line had failed where it goes thru/across a bracket.
    Both myself and the mechanic had noticed a serious lack of power/snap" while driving...I pick up the truck this afternoon.. will see if the power is back to where is used to be!!

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  • Intermittenly....the engine will crank fine...but not start.

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  •  Rookie

    Engine turns over fine but wont fire

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