Well, to continue troubleshooting this I am pretty sure you are going to need to get a hold of a multimeter--cheaper than taking it to a shop. Harbor freight ought to have some reasonable prices on meters.
I am not qualified to give you a definitive answer, but looking at the schematic for the charging system, I don't think so. (The operative word being 'think'.)If my alternator was going bad before all this happened, would that also play a factor? Wife just reminded me about that.
Whoops! When I read your OP I was thinking I saw that also. My vision is deteriorating & sometimes I miss things when reading a computer screen.The cam sensor is one componenti have not replacedbut the cranksensorisnew
I forgot to tell you that for your Dakota the cam position sensor may be listed as the distributor pickup coil. It is the same thing.I will look into it further when I get home
Okay, just to clarify, what you did was to backprobe the black/gray wire at the coil with a test light while having the engine cranked?Jump wired the asd relay, no luck. Had the wire to the distributorfrom coil pulled off to try the test light method, no light. Idk
The 12.45 v at the green/orange means you are getting battery voltage traveling through the ASD relay to the coil. At the black/gray wire, the test that I did on mine was with a test light while cranking & if everything works the test light is supposed to flash while cranking, meaning trigger signal to the coil. I would assume that 9.7 v would indicate a trigger signal, but I don't know that for sure & I will repeat that I used a test light, NOT a voltmeter. (Was the 9.7 volts that you read pulsating or was it a steady 9.7?)Update, black/gray waire gets 9.70 v and the green/orange wire gets 12.45v
Well, first of all, if you scroll back through the posts on this, the test I described to check for trigger signal was to back probe the black/gray wire going to the coil, with a test light, while cranking. The test I described stated that a flashing test light while cranking indicated a trigger signal from the PCM to the coil.And the test that I did is with the key on not trying to crank it
. . . that was back on post #6 to this thread.Well, first of all, if you scroll back through the posts on this, the test I described to check for trigger signal was to back probe the black/gray wire going to the coil, with a test light, while cranking. The test I described stated that a flashing test light while cranking indicated a trigger signal from the PCM to the coil.
I think what you really need to check first is whether or not you are actually getting voltage out of the coil when the engine is cranked. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU DO THAT.Ill recheck when i get off from work