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Truck won't start

Truck would not start...cleaned battery cables and got two good starts and two drained starts with a clicking noise on the last start...had the battery checked and it was good but replace it with an new one anyway...the month prior to this problem, i have had to push the clutch pedal to the floor board to get ignition

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  • bdsharp716 Jun 29, 2009

    i am getting no power at all...when i turn the key there is silence

  • bdsharp716 Jun 29, 2009

    when i turn the key, i get no power...all there is is silence

  • bdsharp716 Jun 30, 2009

    yes, correct...the engine does not crank over with the starter...however i do have lights, radio, etc....the truck also runs if you pop the clutch

  • bdsharp716 Jun 30, 2009

    ****...i have not tried anything yet and you are the only one that sounds like he is on the right track...i am a remodeler and not a mechanic so could you tell me where this switch is and how to bypass and i should be good...thanks for your help

  • bdsharp716 Jul 01, 2009

    thanks for your help ****...am off to the auto parts store for a manual...if this does not work, i'll contact you

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From your description it sounds like your clutch interlock switch is faulty. You should not be able to start the truck unless the clutch is pushed in. Try bypassing that switch.

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    Dick Jun 30, 2009

    Sorry bd, I don't have a manual for your truck. If you don't have one I suggest you drop by your local auto parts store and get one, or call your local library. If I were going to look for it without a manual I would look at the clutch pedal closely, follow it up and follow the linkage out through the firewall. There should be a mechanical switch somewhere on there. My guess would be inside the cab near the top of the lever. The switch would be closed when the pedal is not pressed and open when it is pressed. If you have a multi-meter you can test the switch before you buy a new one.

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    Dick Jun 30, 2009

    The way you bypass the switch is cut the wires and connect them directly together.

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Y mean that nothing at all has power to it? the engine doesn't crank over with the starter, need allot of clarigfication to help u

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Hi,

The truck has a ASD Relay. This stands for auto shut down . The relay has four wires going to id the green/Black wire feeds the coil and fuel pump. Check this wire at the coil and see if you have power. if so the check the harness from the fuel pump back to the relay. if you do not have power on the coil the problem is the relay or the computer.
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Try checking all the oxygen sensors and the spark plugs. My automatic 4x4, '98 would stutter and stall if I didn't keep my foot on the gas at all times. The problem? I hadn't had my regular 60k maintenence done and all my oxygen sensors and my spark plugs where clogged with junk and burned out.

These are all great tips, but you failed to supply some critical information..is your engine fuel injected or normally aspirated (carberated)...makes all the difference in the world. On the higher tech fuel injected systems, the computer usually shuts down the engine by virtue of the fact that information it is receiving from one or more of the sensors tells it to adjust fuel/air/ignition timing to meet the conditions its sensors report..bad sensors=bad running engine..So an added dimension on these vehicles is you have to determine if you have an actual sensor failure, a computer glitch, or a normal hardware (bad plugs, bad wires, bad fuel,vacuum leak, etc)issue. if its carberated it is relatively simplified in that it is probably either bad spark/spark plugs, bad fuel air mixture, bad ignition timing to include bad vacuum (caused by dry rotted vacuum hoses and diaphrams).

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