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Truck starts when it wants to

I just replaced the idler pulley and serpenteen belt and recentley replaced the battery and put in new spark plugs and wires. when i turn the key all of the dash lights come on and all go off except for the check gadge light and the battery light and when u turn the key all the lights dim and nothing happens.but then evey once in a while it will start and the battery light is no longer on.

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  • jeremyslcm Feb 27, 2009

    i did get the starter tested and it was bad so i replaced and still the same thing and yes i have tested both the battery and the alternator and there good.

  • jeremyslcm Feb 27, 2009

    when it does start it runs fine and i did check all of the leads to and from the battery and cleaned them and still nothing!!

  • jeremyslcm Feb 27, 2009

    how do i go about splicing a light in?

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    sounds like the ignition switch, which is a pain to replace. Usually the best way to find this out is to splice in a light up to the igniton switch wires, under the steering column. that way if the light doesnt come on you will know it is the ignition switch. see what im saying. ive know a few cases were this was the problem.



    how about the coil did you rule that out yet?

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    ok its an intermitten problem which can mean alot of things. now when it sometimes starts does it stall once more or will it run normal. check out the battery cables, look closley at the positive is it curroded sometimes corrosion on cables can cause intermitten problems like these, and even cause the check engine light to flash. if it starts then stalls out it may be a mass air flow sensor. hope this helps, sounds like you are spending some$ on parts.

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    try banging on the starter did you rule it out yet then get the alternator tested

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There is a box on the right side under your hood open it and you will see plugs and I believe it is the first plug in the front but these plugs are what it is. You will be shock to read that this big pain in the ask me it has been my problem at one time as well so change the plug and it will be no problem no more. It is about $4.00 or $10.00 but it is not that much.

It starts when it wants to, I started thinking it was to hot because if I just let it sit some times it will start back up but on the other hand it was not every time.

Let me know if you have any other problems but that switch will be fixed and the problem will be gone.
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