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I have no reaction when i turn the key to start my truck. brand new starter, battery, starter relay. what electrical problems could be associated with this?

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  • rednek138 Jul 22, 2010

    i checked to make sure it had power to it and that it had continuity but that was all. is there anything else to try

  • rednek138 Jul 22, 2010

    automatic. ok. do i touch each side with the positive or positive on one and negative on the other? what is the difference when you have the key turned to start and just on?

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Turn key to on position. Turn on headlights manually. Do the lights come on? Do the lights on the dashboard come on? if they do come on, then the ignition switch is not the problem.
there is a small circuit breaker that protects the "ignition" system, located in the fuse box under the dash, on drivers side.
it is a small Silver block, among the fuses.
try replacing that.
Good luck.

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Ignition switch

Posted on Jul 22, 2010

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    Jim Goldsmith Jul 22, 2010

    using a heavy insulated wire and, gloves: set the brake; put in neutral have someone press down on the clutch (clutch switch) and, turn the key to start if an automatic transmission set the brake have someone turn the key to start touch the starter relay on both side nuts at once the starter should turn over.
    then try this again without the clutch depressed then without the key turned to start only to on; let me know your results.

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    Jim Goldsmith Jul 22, 2010

    because i'm not there i'm starting from scratch to troubleshoot your problem so:
    what we are doing is "jumping" the starter solenoid to "divide and, conquer" (separating the "starter"
    circuit from the "key" (ignition switch starter circuit.) some cars need the key in-circuit for the starter relay circuit to work; just touch either side to "go around" the starter relay to see if the starter turns.

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