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Old 08-01-2017, 09:49 AM
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I'm hoping that someone could help shed some light on my recent electrical issues. It began with it sounding off a single ping from the warning bell, then the ABS light, brake warning light and the service 4wd lights would all come on, then they would go out and I wouldn't see them again for days. Then as it became more frequent, it would start cutting the power to the windows and the HVAC fan. Once it started doing all of this while leaving a parking lot. It was a hot day and I decided that if the HVAC was going to stay off that I wanted my window down. That's when I discovered that it killed power to the windows. So while still moving I tried opening the door, (being concerned that I might be locked in), and it opened. When I shut it, everything returned to normal.

Then it started not cranking the engine when I turned the key. Sometimes it would just take a retry to get it to crank, but then there were 2-3 minutes where I played with the key. The last 2 times it has failed to crank, I lowered the steering column and it lit off on the next try. But I haven't had an opportunity in recent days to try holding the key while lowering the wheel.

I wondered about the ignition switch being bad, but then I though about the relays. I tried switching some of the common relays around, hoping that it was a weak relay, but that didn't seem to make a difference. It's not throwing any codes, so I don't know where to start looking really.

The only work that has been done recently was the catalysts. I bought the Eastern brand as recommended from my friend who owns a shop. When he installed it, he found that one of them wasn't clocked quite right during assembly. So he had to undo a couple of the factory wire ties to get the O2 sensor wires to reach.

The only thing that I'm fairly confident about is the need for a throttle body. It has been inconsistent in it's power, shifting, idle characteristics and mileage for the past couple of months. And I drive in a consistent manner, so my mileage should be quite steady.

I'm really at my wits end here. The truck has yet to leave me stranded, but it's had me worried a time or two, and I can't take any chances. When work calls, I have to go and I can't be worried if my vehicle is going to even start, much less get me there. Do I need an exorcist or should I go back to driving my old stuff?

Thanks everyone!
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:26 AM
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You've already answered your question, try replacing the ignition switch as it has some of the initial power to all the components you've talked about.

Exhaust work has nothing to do with electrical, so that's right out. Throttle body wouldn't make your windows not work, radio not work, etc.

Change the ignition switch first, then go from there.
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