why after new battery put in, it doesnt start until after a few tries?
starting problems after new battery installed on 1998 Dodge Durango
turn the key to the on switch DONT TRY TO START IT UP. just try to keep it on the on switch until 30 sec. look at the odometer to see if you get any code like NO BUS codes or something. oh one thing does your gauges work?
Because when you disconnect the battery, the engine computer loses it's memory. When you try to start it back up afterwards, it takes a little time for it to learn the parameters from all the sensors.
By start do you mean it doesn't crank over at all which is most likely a starter/starter solenoid problem. If the vehicle "cranks over" but doesn't "catch" the problem could be many things ranging from fuel to spark, some basic diagnostic tests would need to be done. Even if the check engine light is not on, attaching a scan tool may derive valuable information.