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Jennifer
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6/21/2005
20:45:34

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check engine light does not always come on when I turn the key. when it does not come on the truck won't start!! when it does come on ocationally the truck starts right up. what could be causing this?



Curtis B
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6/21/2005
21:10:52

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What year, model do you have? .. none of the dash light are coming on?



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6/22/2005
17:14:11

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your computer is dieing or it has a bad electrical connection.



Jennifer
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6/22/2005
18:36:24

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the truck is a 1995 v6. all of the other dash lights are on. i have changed cap, rotor, wires, plugs and coil still nothing.i also checked the bulb and fuse both are ok. is there any way to check the computer?



TomG.
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6/23/2005
09:05:39

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I just bought a 2001 3.9 Quad Cab. Drove it home 500 miles, have driven it all around for 4 days with no problem. I changed the oil last night and this morning it wouldn't crank. It just clicked like a dead battery even though the lights still came on. I jumped it and it would crank, but when I let off on the throttle it died. Took jumper off and it would still crank, but would die when I let off each time. Also, the first time, I had to push the throttle to get it to start. I don't believe I should have to do that.



daddio
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6/23/2005
09:59:26

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tom have your battery load tested. a weak battery may start the truck but, it will cause some problems such as you mentioned.



TomG.
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6/23/2005
11:59:48

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daddio,
Thanks, I'll do that. The guy I bought it from removed a stereo system and installed another before I got it. I'm thinking there is something draining the battery slowly from this.



TomG.
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6/23/2005
15:46:03

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daddio,
You hit it. The battery was shot. Turns out it was the original from 2001. A new one took care of it. Thanks, TG



daddio
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6/23/2005
16:13:13

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glad to hear it. i am waiting for mine to give up the ghost. it's the orig '00 battery. but 5-1/2yrs and 1 front end collision and it's still kickin'.(knocks on wood)



TomG.
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6/23/2005
17:21:09

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Hey daddio,
You did so well with the last problem, I've got another one for you. The righthand cruise control (Accel/Coast/Cancel) button is loose. There is a bolt behind the steering wheel in line with this item, but it's tight. Any idea how to tighten this up? Functionally,it still works. Lefthand side is ok.



94 sport 4X4
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6/23/2005
17:40:57

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Jennifer,
Look under the hood,on the right hand side,along the fender, you will see the power distribution box.There is a large bundle of wires all taped up that leads from the box back to the firewall.Where it goes under the w/w fluid jug there might be a corroded wire to the computer.Break open the bundle carefully and see if there is any green corrosion.It will be a thicker red wire,If there is you have to clean it and either solder it or reconnect it with an electrical connector,then tape it up real good to keep moisture out.



daddio
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6/23/2005
22:35:50

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tomG, i don't think that bolt has anything to do with the cruise buttons.

jennifer, listen to 94 sport^ that splice will cause problems. i think it's one wire splicing into 4 .



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