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Old 09-19-2019, 07:59 PM   #1
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Question No power in cab after trying to start

Ok so for some background my 1969 c10 has been having issues with electrical system. The issue is that when I go to start the truck it acts like there is no power to any of the accessories or lights in the cab. The dome light doesn't come on with the switch. The ignition with or without key is completely dead.

I have verified there is power from the battery to starter and the junction post on the fender. From fender block I have verified power going INTO the fuse block on the u nderhood side. Here's where things get weird.

If I go out to the truck and using my tester I can get power to the fuses and the block. If I were to put the key in or try to use the dome light or headlights etc I lose power at the fuse block and it doesn't come back.

I am not going to lie I thought it was the ignition or the headlight switch so I changed both along with the floor dimmer. No dice. Same problem.

Does this sound indicitve of a common issue I'm just not getting? Or maybe a ground issue? Any and all help appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

I've seen issues where the interior lights would come on but will the whole car would shut down when the ignition was engaged and the car would become dead for a while. Turned out to be bad battery connections.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:25 PM   #3
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

Bad ground straps just about every time....

Check: grounds between Battery and engine, engine and chassis, engine and cab, chassis and cab, bed and chassis....tail lamp housings to bed....

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Old 09-19-2019, 11:02 PM   #4
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

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Also check the connector on the back of the ignition switch. They are notorious for bad connections and melted wires and connector plastic.....

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Old 09-20-2019, 08:39 AM   #5
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

Then check the connection on the Horn Relay located under the hood, or directly top left of the fuse panel under the dash.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:18 AM   #6
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

You test results are not 'weird', they are the results of too much resistance. As mentioned it could be on the power side or the ground side of the circuit.

The testing needs to be under load. Do the same test with someone turning the key or lights 'on'. Wiggle connectors (most likely source) and you'll find the problem
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Re: No power in cab after trying to start

Mine was bad battery connectors. Remove and visually inspect both.
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