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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2013, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Truck randomly died. Turn key and no power anything inside or out. Wont crank

I was out driving my truck yesterday on a dirt road and hit a little series of washboards and immediately my truck died. My gauges are stuck where they were. I show 15 mph on the speedo and everything. Once the truck stopped i put it into park and tried to restart but i had nothing. I turn the key and have no lights come on. I open the doors and no interior domes lights. Nothing happens. it is like my batteries have been disconnected. i have 12.8v per battery or so. Not sure what to check. I ran through the fuses under the hood and under the steering wheel but i didnt find a blown fuse. Checked for continuity with a meter even. At this point i am not sure what to check. The instrument cluster had acted up a little bit before this but the truck never shut down. When i sat act up i mean i would lose my radio, speedo, tach, every gauge and then my power windows. I figured it was just the battery saver relay going out because i had my alternator checked and even replaced it with a new one for a short time with the same issues. The cluster would go out randomly. Now the issue is bad because i have no power anywhere in the truck.
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My truck is 2005 with 187,000. No real issues up to date. Changes out a couple injectors and then it had a new ficm installed in 09. I can't plug my live wire in to read diagnostic codes due to power. I have zero power inside...under the good light doesn't come on. My power locks don't work... I have checked my connections with my batteries. When I turn the key nothin happens at all. I did blow a serpentine belt about 8 months ago and after that issue I had the intermittent problem with the instrument cluster going out. I just thought the relay was getting weak and I would need to fix it. I have crawled under the truck and check all the wiring that could have possobly been affected by the belt breakage but I found no loose wires or visible chaffing. I have checked the ficm to make sure the harnesses are securely attached there... Honestly not sure where else to check. Is it possible to have a bad relay causing all of these issues
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Is there anyone you can check thr computer of the truck to see if its still alive? Maybe disconnect all of those wires and the computer and then see what happens. It sounds like it got wet and shorted out. Best of luck.
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Check your inline fuses too... Coming off the battery on the passenger side. Check power coming into the panel with a multimeter. Should be able to find diagrams on the org


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It sounds like the PCM is not getting power. Start line/connector checking power as you move away from the battery. I betting one of your major engine compartment plugs is not making good contact, or you killed both batteries.

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I had same issue. Ended up finding the engine control fuse inside the truck was blown. It was the #22 or 23 fuse I can't remember. But it's a 20amp fuse. Check that. Mine blew a few of them that same fuse and I've no clue as to why.

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