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Old April 18th, 2010, 11:38 AM
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Electrical Meltdown

Yesterday something electrical went wrong. I have no headlights or gauges (speedo, temp, tack). Initially I couldn't get it started but found a way to get the ingition to work by jiggling the wires on the ignition. Driving lights, blinkers, guage lights, radio, horn, everything else seems to work. I quickly looked at the fuses and didn't see any problems. Any ideas?
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Old April 18th, 2010, 12:05 PM
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Did you check the ground connections?
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Old April 18th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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Did you check the ground connections?
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Seems to all be connected
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Yesterday something electrical went wrong. I have no headlights or gauges (speedo, temp, tack). Initially I couldn't get it started but found a way to get the ingition to work by jiggling the wires on the ignition. Driving lights, blinkers, guage lights, radio, horn, everything else seems to work. I quickly looked at the fuses and didn't see any problems. Any ideas?
I had something similiar happen on my 94. If I recall it was a bad ground in the tail lights circuit.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 11:53 PM
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Is your ignition falling apart - meaning where the key fits into. There is a backing plate that sometimes just fails and pops off. Done finito. if that happens you will need to pick up another ignition set up.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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Found at least part of the problem. Looks like my rear hella work light wiring shorted out. Melted and in the process probably has crossed a few wires. I need to trace where all the wire runs and I will hopefully find the issue. I am thinking it is somewhere in the center console by the fuses since that's the path the PO wired the rear light from the dash switch to the battery. I'm still not sure how the ignition issue fits in. Thanks all for the suggestions.
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Found at least part of the problem. Looks like my rear hella work light wiring shorted out. Melted and in the process probably has crossed a few wires. I need to trace where all the wire runs and I will hopefully find the issue. I am thinking it is somewhere in the center console by the fuses since that's the path the PO wired the rear light from the dash switch to the battery. I'm still not sure how the ignition issue fits in. Thanks all for the suggestions.
Im still not able to find the source. No headlights, No gauges, No ignition to fire the starter. Any ideas on a common denominator?

thanks
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Do you have the RAVE Disc? Investigate the wires that were crossed and melted. Find out where they go and what they tie into.
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Do you have the RAVE Disc? Investigate the wires that were crossed and melted. Find out where they go and what they tie into.
Straight from the switch, out bulkhead and along frame below the truck to battery box and then to battery terminal and then to rear work light. I cant find where it might have impacted other wires.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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Not sure if this will help....I had major electrical problems and it turned out the wires in my rear harness inside the frame were worn bare up against the frame. The rear harness was pulled from the frame and three 1foot sections were replaced, solved all of my problems.

This caused a few wires in the dash to melt and all kinds of brake and light issues. Also starting problems.
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