1990 Chevy Cheyenne 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 210500 miles
If we turn the key, dash lights come on, but no clicking sound or anything.
That has been the scene for days now.
When we bought the truck the ignition cylinder (what you put the key into) could be pulled right out of the steering column, but when slid back in it still started and ran fine.
Then one day, the truck seemed to be shorting out without warning, and would run fine to one place and then not start again for a few minutes. This repeated for a couple of days until it just wouldnt start at all. (I did try to install a cd player at the time, but later found it wasnt the cd player)
I found the distributor cap had lots of interior corrosion and the rotor was very dirty/rusty. So I replaced them. But still nothing, and then the trucks battery ran dry, so we had to recharge it. Not sure why it ran dry, maybe power being drawn from somewhere else?
But the plastic gear wheels for the ignition switch inside also look worn out. You can see their quality since the ignition cylinder slides right out.
Anyways, I bought a Multimeter, In-Line Spark Tester, Code Reader, spark plug wires, spark plugs, and ignition coil next.
The Code Reader continously gave a reading of 12, or system pass.
So now, I am confused, the manual says to remove the column shroud halves (which there are no screws in the plastic shrouds so no way to remove them) and then it says to remove the column-to-dash attaching bolts and slowly lower the steerting column, but it only lowers about an inch.
And after all of that you should be able to reach the ignition switch, but obviously I am missing something. Where should the ignition switch be?
Shouldnt it be inside the steering column after removing the steering wheel?
Doesnt repl; acing the ignition switch require a steering wheel puller and GM lock plate compressor?
Also, just found a fuse that two of the five plug ends are burnt. Its a black case 1in by 1in by 1in. I heard it start clicking after lowering the steering column and if you would push on the steering wheel the fuse would start clicking.
The case says: HELLA 12V - Its a relay.
Made in USA
HELP ME GUYS! THANKS!
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM