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a couple weeks ago I took my '04 Ram 1500 rumble bee to a DIY car wash. when i was done it wouldn;t start. it was trying. not just clicking like when the battery is dead. and not turning slow like when my other car had alternator problems. the noise was a little higher pitched then when the engine just fires right up though it is just like it wasn't "catching". i thought maybe i just got water where it wasn't supposed to be.after 3 tries it started right up like normal. then the other night it did the same thing. this time it did it only once then the second try went normal. any ideas? is this something i need to worry about? thanks for any advice.

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Debbie Lee, President at Professional Car Care Cole, Did you wash off the engine? If you did that could have made the problem but it would not have happend again a few days later. I would take in and have dealer check it out. That could happen if you are washing the engine each time. I would have it checked. Debbie Lee

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Cole, You may want to check the starter to make sure it's engaging properly. There could also be a problem of missing teeth on the flywheel which means it would only start when the teeth are aligned with the starter. Since you had to try several times it may be that the flywheel occasionally hits the starter where the teeth are missing and it won't start. This is a problem that must be fixed. The other problem could be a slipping timing belt, but you would probably notice engine problems while driving. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at Cole, Check out our expert's suggestions below. I would recommend taking the vehicle in to the local authorized Dodge dealer or to an ASE certified technician. You can find a certified tech near you by going here:

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