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Old July 11th, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Whoever owned my 94 before i did is a complete jackwagon!! Since i have owned it there is a button on the dash to start it. The wires run to the relay solenoid on the p/s fender baisicaly jumping the solenoid to start. Well the wires ran from under the dash, around the drivers door, between thethe fender and cowl, across the firewall, to the solenoid. Problem was that every time the D/S door open and closed, it pinched the wire. I will take 5% of the blame because I've had it this long and didnt really notice it getting pinched. But in my defense i have been trying to figure out why it wont start with just the key. Long story short, the insulation on the wire wore down and contacted the body causing that wire to go up in flames. I thought i was going to loose my truck!! After the smoke settled, i pulled the wires off the solenoid, jumped it at drove it to O'Reilly's and bought some 10 gauge wire. Since i need this truck daily, i re ran the wires but unlike the P.O. i drilled a hole in the fire wall in an unused access panel, put a rubber grommet in the hole and ran the wires back to the solenoid just until i can figure out my main issue. Any ideas?



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Old July 12th, 2012, 07:58 AM
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Bump. Looking at a Haynes, i think ive narrowed it down to either the key cylinder or the switch in the column. But judging by the huge mess under there i may just look for a new column. Nothing looks right under there at all.



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on the older Trucks we just added a push button start on the side of the column
but of course that was in the day of 8 wires


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Whoever owned my 94 before i did is a complete jackwagon!! Since i have owned it there is a button on the dash to start it. The wires run to the relay solenoid on the p/s fender baisicaly jumping the solenoid to start. Well the wires ran from under the dash, around the drivers door, between thethe fender and cowl, across the firewall, to the solenoid. Problem was that every time the D/S door open and closed, it pinched the wire. I will take 5% of the blame because I've had it this long and didnt really notice it getting pinched. But in my defense i have been trying to figure out why it wont start with just the key. Long story short, the insulation on the wire wore down and contacted the body causing that wire to go up in flames. I thought i was going to loose my truck!! After the smoke settled, i pulled the wires off the solenoid, jumped it at drove it to O'Reilly's and bought some 10 gauge wire. Since i need this truck daily, i re ran the wires but unlike the P.O. i drilled a hole in the fire wall in an unused access panel, put a rubber grommet in the hole and ran the wires back to the solenoid just until i can figure out my main issue. Any ideas?
Someone did that to my old 88, with the exception of adding a switch to turn on the fuel pump. I found it was a bitch, constantly forgetting the fuel was left on, etc. I think a new column would fix it. Before pulling the column, check to see if the wiring is burnt before the plugin to the truck, or the main harness from the truck to the column.
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Fixed!!! I searched and searched under the column for something missing, not right, etc. Everything seemed good despite it being an eyesore. So here's how i figured it out. If i tried to use the key the relay would just click, but if i used the button then it would start. Ok maybe the Neutral Safety switch is bad? No that wasnt the case either. With the truck off i turned the key and got the "click" of the relay. Then i put it in drive witht the truck off and then tried to start. No "click", so the Neautral Safety switch is fine. So i just took a leap and replaced the relay. While doing so the old one just crumbled in my hands. Got it buttoned up and whala! It starts with the key now. No need for the goofy button. However, one problem remains. What to do with this button mounted to the dash? Train horn!?!?!



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Rocket launcher!!!
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Where is the button at? Swap it out for a switch? Use the switch for foglights, bedlights, etc.


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I like the rocket launcher idea better. Jk idk what ill do with it. Something im sure.



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