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When i turned the lights on the truck i lost electricity

I started the truck this morning. when I turned the lights on the truck died and it lost all electricity but the batteries are fully charged. I cleaned the ground wires even to the block and it still does not work.

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  • Brad Klaus Oct 29, 2012

    the battery cables are clean there is no corrosion but the truck will not start

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    yadayada Oct 29, 2012

    Then you must follow the power, i suggest you check the ignition starter switch under the dash on the top near bottom of steering column tube they come apart and most were recalled.



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Clean the battery cables at the batteries and have the batteries tested.

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Most vehicles if you get the car running and unhook the positive battery cable it will stay running that is because it is running off the alternator. if it dies like your talking about I would most definitely say your alternator needs to be replaced. Most likely when you jumped your father in laws pick up there was a bad ground somewhere and your alternator got a surge of electricity and it fried it. Hope this helps.

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