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  1. Good point.. I have had situations (on a telescopic forklift) where the exhaust bracket would continually crack from vibration or whatever, no matter how I tried repairing, replacing, or mitigating the factors causing the failures. So I suppose it’s plausible that vibration from exhaust over time could possibly result in this failure. When the new one arrives and I disassemble, I will be able to tell how much tension/misalignment, whatever, is affecting that exhaust mount portion.. having said that, I would expect to see many instances of a common failure in other trucks..
  2. Yeah... I have to wonder how he could’ve broke it. Could also be normal operation as you say, but the fact that it was never mentioned makes me wonder.. This was probably when the synchro was replaced in the transmission. Shortly after which, the fifth gear nut came off 50 miles out of town. When I saw the nut after, it was all beat up, like someone had used a large pin punch or something and a hammer and tried to beat it to the proper torque. There is a $35 tool for that as I understand it, which will allow you to install the nut and torque it properly. I would own it if I was th
  3. I was crawling around under the truck looking for problems and I noticed this cracked mount for the rear of the transmission. I was wondering if anyone else has seen this on their trucks. I searched but didn’t see any threads on it. What’s more, it looks like someone has tried to weld it previously, but it was never mentioned. My dad had the truck for a couple years but other than that I bought it new. The trans was out for a synchro replacement and shortly after that, the 5th gear nut fix. (Whole other story of clown work by a local mechanic). Anyway, I ordered a new bracket and
  4. I think it’s all disconnected and returned to stock, I found the installation manual for the security system and reversed everything step by step, but whether the module(s) need to be reflashed, I’m not sure.. wish I could figure out how to bypass whatever is switching power on and off of pin 7 at the VP harness, I would just have it hot anytime the ignition isn’t in acc or off position. This seems like a security system type of interference; just cutting power to VP when trying to start.
  5. Yes the wait-to-start comes on and seems to act as it always has. The ASD might be an issue, but not the relay itself as I have switched that one around too. I did have a key fob that was an aftermarket add with a mopar system, but I couldn’t get it to disarm so I removed it completely. There was a harness on the steering column that was intersected by the security system harness (original harness disconnected, security harness plugged in and other side plugged into security harness). That seems like where any interruption would occur from the security system, but all of that was removed and r
  6. Thanks Mike.. I will check fuses again, but having it vary consistently only between key positions makes me think it’s unlikely to be a fuse or relay. Automotive electrical is an area I don’t have much experience obviously, but I have a logical mind and I learn well, albeit slowly sometimes. I was thinking to test the brn/wht wire from pin 36 out of the ecm and see if the power is consistent there between start and run positions on the ignition. If yes, then problem between ecm and vp, if not then problem within ECM or ignition or between the two. I’m not sure what else can be eliminated from
  7. Thanks for the diagrams.. as simple as it should probably be, I’m a little lost still. I don’t see where the power to the VP would be changed between the run and start positions. There should be power to the VP in both key positions as I understand it from the diagnostic from BlueChip, and I guess, from the bottom illustration here. Is the suggestion that there could be a problem within the ignition switch itself? Relays seem to not be the problem (only because switching them all around makes no difference). Haven’t found any fuse issues so far. There are no fuses or relays outside of the PDC
  8. So I finished the W-T ground mod and was finally able to rule out the injection pump as my no start problem. Sort of. I followed the diagnostic from Bluechip Diesel and others to do some basic electrical testing at the VP harness. I verified that pin 6 was grounding, and pin 7 had power at the RUN position on the ignition but NOT on the START position. I didn’t check the power situation on the wire to pin 5 after reconnecting the plug because I didn’t have power on 7 at the start position. I also ran test leads to pin 6 from battery ground and pin 7 (fused) to battery positive. Truck fired ri
  9. I think it’s pin 9... also not used. And in looking at this repair harness.. it would seem mine is fine. Pin sleeves missing at both 3 and 9..
  10. I don’t know if I should post this as a separate topic, but it does fit in to my scope of potential causes.. Here is a picture of both sides of my injection pump harness. There is a female side sleeve for one of the pins missing. I don’t know if this pin is just unused or what the function would be. The truck was running in this condition previously so my guess is maybe it’s not used? I will research this further, but I know it’s a quick answer for some of you guys who have changed a few of these out. I don’t have a second truck around to compare to at the m
  11. Thanks Dripley.. Yeah I have the 98.5 so I have the “bonus” ground from the alternator to the block just below the Tstat housing. I pulled the loom apart over to the VP and found the splice. As mentioned by another member with a 98.5, mine is shrink wrapped with I believe a metal crimp beneath it. Probably significantly better connection than some of you have discovered on your newer models. Not sure if this is present on the 99-02 models, but the charge wire drops into a large loom just below the VP and snakes down under the power steering pump, up over the motor mount and around
  12. So the factory alternator charge cable runs through the 140 amp fuse in the PDC. The short wire on the other side of the fuse to the battery also supplies power to the PDC right? So nothing is being changed or upgraded here? Do you think the factory ran it this way simply to have the charge cable fused and they didn’t want the fuse outside of the PDC? Do you think there is detrimental noise/fluctuations/surging running through the PDC because of the factory design and re-routing the charge cable to the aux battery is safer with regard to the integrity of the PDC?
  13. Thanks John, Yeah.. I think this time I did not disconnect the batteries. I left town quickly, did not plan to be gone nearly as long as I was and so I almost certainly did not disconnect them. Normally I would do that when I know I’m not going to use the vehicle for several months.. or alternatively I would put a charger on it every month or two. I’m actually glad to be rid of the security system, I just hope it wasn’t tied into the computers in some way that would disable the truck if the entire system was removed.
  14. Yeah, I wasn’t really surprised they were discharged, but they were completely gone and also not recoverable which I haven’t experienced on a vehicle before and I’ve had others in storage situations without ever losing a battery entirely. I wonder if there might be a parasitic load on them though and that would seem possible.. I wonder if that could have been a result of something happening in the PCM/ECM. I had read through that 1389 article you posted, and I read through it again just now. Thanks for that post. I don’t have the scanner that gives those messages, freeze frames, e
  15. The WAIT TO START seems to work as normal. Although I noticed before I changed the transfer pump, during a period of cranking and trying to bleed the fuel lines and get it to start, the “intake horn” I believe it’s called got pretty hot and it seemed like the grid heaters might have been over active. However while in storage I’m not sure how the grid heater circuit would become active on it’s own and take the batteries out. Hmm... Maybe it’s worth replacing that solenoid... or putting some kind of manual shut off in-line somewhere. Thanks for the schematic... I am a litt
  16. Hi Guys.. new here, but have been reading as a guest for a while. I’m always amazed at how knowledgable a lot of you guys are and all the helpful information available. Here’s my situation, and I’ll try to remember a much detail as I can and in the proper sequence. Last year my truck was sitting for about 7-8 months without use. I was helping one of my parents out of town and wasn’t able to do much else. So when I got home, my truck batteries were totally dead. These were new batteries, maybe 4 months old prior to leaving. I couldn’t get them to take a charge. Took them in, load te
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