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    Default 97 chevy 2500, will start sometimes

    really weird, turn key and will sometimes get all dash lights to come and truck will start, the next time I turn the key only half of dash lights will come on and truck will crank over but wont fire. replaced positive cable to alternator check all other positive cables in good shape, installed a new battery... the strangest thing off all is if we jack up front of truck will work every time, or if we put a battery charger to it will go every time..... thinking maybe we need to redo the ground, or a fluid sensor...

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    I would check your grounds.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    thanks that's what we were thinking of trying next...

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    Sounds like a groud issue to me. Make sure the ground wire from the engine to the body is good as well. In some rare cases ive seen where if you have a tilt steering wheel it can cause the wires in the piviot part of the colum to break if its old and was never really moved untill recently. Probably not the issue but i've seen it happen a couple times causig weird things like that. Other than those it's possable that your ignition switch is bad too. Not the key/tumbler part but the actrual electronic part of it behind the tumble piece.

    Hope this helps a little good luck!
    1995 C1500 4.3L 2WD. JET TBI Spacer, JET stage 1 chip, 10mm Taylor custom wires, Pulstar Iridium Pulse Plugs.
    260k miles and still going strong...

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