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Old 06-04-2018, 08:46 PM   #1
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So just drove my 1994 Hardbody over 700 miles to Oklahoma...

We get an hour from our destination and stop for gas. Go to leave and truck won't start. Doesn't click like a dead battery just kinda shorts out.

I replaced the starter relay but didn't help. Used the check relay and checked the blue relay next to starter relay. Seems to be working.

I also tried to jump start it.

What do I check next? Please help as my truck is stranded in Oklahoma.
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Waddaya mean shorts out? Do u have dash lights? Can u play the stereo?
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Check the fusible links at the battery. Also check the battery terminals and cables for corrosion and security.
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Check the interlock switch up behind the clutch pedal. There's a little plastic pad thingy that comes off and then it won't press the switch in all the way. With it in neutral you can press it in by hand and turn the key.
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V6? Timing belt?
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Waddaya mean shorts out? Do u have dash lights? Can u play the stereo?
When you turn the key you hear a sound like electricity, zzzzzzzztttttt, and for that moment it's like there is zero electricity.

The dash lights and radio work and fuel pump comes on like normal, but when you turn the key they stop working. Sometimes momentarily sometimes I have to unhook battery and reset it.
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Check the fusible links at the battery. Also check the battery terminals and cables for corrosion and security.
I unplugged and replugged those. They were good.

Cables looked good but didn't check them thoroughly, will do that.
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Check the interlock switch up behind the clutch pedal. There's a little plastic pad thingy that comes off and then it won't press the switch in all the way. With it in neutral you can press it in by hand and turn the key.
Checked. It's good. Unfortunately lol
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V6? Timing belt?
Yes. V6. Don't think it's the timing belt.
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Update...

I unplugged the battery and the fusible links and moved all the wires around the battery. Just kinda double checking everything.

This allowed me to turn the truck on (it "shorts out" when I try to start it) and I used my Explorer to pull start it. I didn't turn it off until I made it to my dads house which was an hour and a half away. Once I get to his house I park it and turn it off. Try to start it back up and it does the "shorting out" again.

So the problem still exists. Now I'm leaning towards thinking it's a bad ground or rubbed through wire somewhere.

Would a bad starter solenoid cause this?

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