Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Jackson, MI
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need help quick, dead truck
Haven't been on here in a long time (no need, trucks been running great, no problems til now. And its a doozy, so I come here seeking knowledge from the fine members on this site. This is how it began.
First start of the day was ok, but when I started it to leave my workplace, it seemed to turn over just a bit slower. Went cross town to my surgeons (double hernia) office, go to leave, truck barely turns over, starts clicking That's when all the whistles and bells started going off, including the wipers taking one swipe. Called the wife who was just getting out of work to come jump me. Started right up, so I took off for home and about 3/4 of the way there, battery light came on (that was one of the lights flashing the first time), along with all the other dingers and bells. Got home, shut it down, tried to restart it and it just clicked. Let it set a bit, tried to start it again and it was dead. When I say dead, I mean DEAD. There is absolutely no power to anything, headlights, dash lights/gauges, nothing. So this is where I'm at and this is what I've done so far.
1. cleaned up battery post/terminals
2, cleaned up every ground I found
3. replaced solenoid (the one on the p. side inner fender)
4. swapped gem module with known working unit, still dead
5. pulled pcm out just to give it a once over, looking for possible water intrusion. I see absolutely no stains or any indication of water.
So now I'm at a standstill, waiting for a buddy and his son in law, who is suppose to be a wiz with these 7.3's., to come over Friday evening to look at it. And by coming over then, screws me out out sending away for whatever it takes to fix this beast. Oh, he took a stab in the dark thinking it's a wire harness/plug. To me, it sounds like something went haywire in the gem or pcm, we'll see.
A few things you should know, the batteries are a couple of years old and in good shape, all battery cables/terminals are original and in good shape, starter is a couple of years old and in good shape. This truck has never had the dreaded windshield or cab light leak, no wet carpet, ever. That's about all I can think of, let me know what you guys think. Thanks, Mike