This is an ongoing problem I"ve had for the last few years :roll: At first I thought it was from the cold when I had the vehicle maybe a year
and it got cold. I would put a heater from the house up on the hood with the hood open and after about an hour it would start. Well this went on
for maybe 2 years and then last year it progressed into a real problem. The dash lights went on and no crank, so I was ble to at some point finally
get it start went to an auto parts place got a battery and for the most part it didn't really cure the problem but I was able to get home.
Then I thought I'd learned that through all the lights in the dash board that maybe it was an ignition switch so I replaced that and it seemed to help but there was this intermitted problem yet with it not wanting to crank. After taking it to a auto place in town that I do some work for periodically they tore it apart they said and cleaned connections yada yada put it back together. I got there it did start got home and a day later we were back at it :( No crank, well I was as you can imagine starting to get more than a bit frustrated at this point because now my ventilation system was acting weird for a bit also and the air was on but I couldn't change the ventilation from out to in I think was what it was but no matter that all straightened out after I got frustrated and pulled the bottom panel off, I looked around couldn't figure anything out but it started!
I put the panel back on and it didn't start, so hey I thought I'd at least figured something out which I know was nothing but none the less I was getting to where I had to go, wires and panel hanging down on my legs making it hard to drive or not I was getting there, lol. Well now after about 6 months of good luck replacing some coils and being thrilled that this thing was even starting really well in the cold weather, well you guessed it my luck ran out and the thing stalled on me as I drove off from a job bid I had just been at. The heavy sinking feeling set in and I called my wife she got there I called a tow and outside my office window it sits :( I've tried a few different things, I found a pretty helpfull video on Youtube where I learned to jump and test the starter relay.
The starter did in fact engage but in between this I went to reference the video and just to see if there were any responses to my inquiries, none :( But none the less I did rewatch the video. I'm trying to run my business and work on this truck, lol, not a good combination as half of what I think I know goes out the door as I go out my door to try and work on this. So I am seeing that there was one thing I didn't test quite right, but here's the kicker on this, I was chatting with a friend of mine last night on this and he asked me if I had taken battery terminals off and cleaned the wires, well wires off :) I just kind of wiggled the ground wire on the battery and for the heck of it went in to try it and for the first time in like 3 weeks now it was cranking but not long enough to start and I was right back to square one.
Man I just don't know, I figured that this had to be it and then I start to think maybe a fluke? I took both wires off the side mount battery terminals and cleaned and tightened up with reasonable force with no relief in sight. I also by a recommendation of someone from another shop took the alarm out of the line and that did nothing either. Waiting for my wife to come home and I'm going to go out and test the ground terminal for the starter relay that I didn't test correctly just to see what results I get from that, maybe there is an answer there? It would seem something isn't grounding properly is about all at this point this novice can figure out. The video I was talking about is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMzdYCA0s2w
If you've taken the time to read all of this, first I apologize for the lengthy to do but I felt that the history of this problem might offer some clue as to what is going on and then secondly I thank you for having this much patience :oops:
I'm just a small business owner who doesn't have a lot of cash to throw or I'd probably buy a new truck but besides the starting problem this thing runs awesome as I've taken the best care of it that I know how to. Anything you can offer up I will more than appreciate I promise :) Heck if you lived in my area I'd come to your house and clean your carpet free of charge if you could help me out :) I'm out in Hendersonville TN. If you have any relation out here and you can help me out consider a free job of carpet cleaning done!
Thanks in advance :)