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TXz Knowledge would be greatly appriciated first truck and had it a month....and have to park it
1. I go to start vehicle by inserting key in ignition cylinder
2. All Dash lights and gauges working
3. As soon as I put the key in the start position, all power goes completely dead.
4. Battery checked out good and electrical system checked out good when I took the Jimmy in to find the problem.
5. Key will lock in on position until power resets about 3-5 minutes or longer, before I can turn it to the off position.
6. key will turn to accessory position and radio, headlights, wipers will work.
Of course the problem didn't occur while at the mechanics, but I did describe the issue I had prior to bringing it in, now it is doing the same exact thing again, strange thing is sometimes it will start, other times it will just kill all the power to everything, lights, DRL, radio, everything is dead, BUT, once the power is restored, as shown about in #6, most things start working again.
This problem has me completely baffled as to what to look for or repair. I'm thinking the ignition switch may be the problem, but not really sure.
If I knew which wires to "short" together in the wiring harness, I'd take the ignition switch out and see if the car would start by bypassing the switch. But I have no idea of which wires are what and I haven't yet taken the steering colum apart to get to it.
Before I do, I'm trying to determine just what the issue is that is causing this particular problem. I've never had a car act like this before when attempting to start it, power go completely dead and then be restored a little later. So I'm at a loss as to what to look for or the cause.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
A couple mechanics stated to look for a bad or loose ground wire as well. I did that, even replaced some ferrules and regrounded. I can't find any loose wires, nor can I figure out what is creating this issue. I've looked at the fuses under the hood as well as the ones inside the car and can't find any problems. So this one has me completely baffled.
Looks like I'm just going to have to have it towed to my mechanic around the 15th of Feb. to see if they can figure out the problem. Just had the electrical system troubleshot on Friday Jan. 27 and they said everything was fine, this was the same reason I took it in, but then it started and didn't do this at the mechanics. So it's a bit frustrating not knowing what is creating the problem.
It just goes dead when the key is placed in the start position to crank the car and get it going.
Other than that everything else seems to work just fine on the vehicle, just can't start it because it goes dead.
The problem was the corrosion was such a way that the cable would work for a while, then it wouldn't. So it was difficult to diagnose, seems like the cable would flex as the Jimmy was being driven, and then when I'd park, the cable may have flexed, breaking the connection inside the cable.
Got the negative cable replaced and haven't had any further issues since. But I had the mechanic go ahead and replace both the negative and positive cables, just to be on the safe side.
Good luck with your Jimmy!