No, there's no power to the cluster during cranking (just like there's no
power to the radio, blower motor, etc. - the idea being give as much juice
as possible/needed to the starter).
Lots of start/stall problems on these trucks stem from a weak/failed
battery, where the battery gets drawn down to around 10V during cranking -
this causes various sensors to read incorrectly to the PCM, and it gets
confused. Yes, check the battry connections, then have the battery
load-tested (most any place that sells batteries can do this). If it fails
that test (meaning it drops below about 12.3-12.5V during cranking), it's
time for a new battery.
I recently added some cab lights to my 98, after taking the cables off of
the battery. When the job was completed I conected everything and had the
same problem that your describing. Before you sink any more money into
fixing the problem, start the truck and try driving it at least 10 to 12
miles, normal driving. I called the local dealership and they said thats
what you have to do to get the computer to reset the ignition memory and
idle timming. Hope this works.
Today me and a buddy started the truck after giving a little gas while
cranking although it took 10 or more tries to do so. I drove it down the
road a little ways and came back and turned the engine off and restarted
the engine and it restarted again and then I turned off to see if it would
restart and it went back to cranking up then 2 or 3 seconds and shuts
off(gauges on dash do not move). I believe it might have to do something
with the antitheft/security system on the truck. Anybody else have a
problem with the antitheft/security system on their vehicle. Any info
will help. Thanks for the replies back so far from everyone.
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