Truck will not start, no click when turn the key

Tiny
JORDANR
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  • 1992 GMC SIERRA
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 220,000 MILES
Hey me again. So my truck ran fine this morning to work and started right up fine. On way home for lunch when I'd push on the gas, the engine would sort of bog down and chug. Since it's -20 C here I figured maybe it was cold from sitting for a while. So I let my truck run for a bit on lunch to warm up. Maybe 10 minutes max after driving for 5 minutes. I than head out to go back to work. Initially truck turns over but doesn't start, kind of like not getting fuel or spark or air. Than I switch the key off and wait a minute. I attempt to start it again and I get nothing. No solenoid click, no starter engage or attempt. I also don't think my gauges really came on like normal. Anyways, a new day a new issue to figure out I suppose. Thanks again. So I went back to the truck. I thought the terminal board cover on the passenger side went on weird after the repair. I took the cover off and started the truck. Truck started normal. I then gave it gas a few times to 2,000 to 2,500 rpm's and it was all good. Shut the truck off and turned on 3-5 times everything seemed good. While the truck would run fine I notice my heater control not lighting up and blower controls not doing anything. I've had this problem in the past and I solved it by disconnecting the negative cable and reattaching it. It worked then. I wait a few hours and go back out to reset the battery with the negative cable. Try to start the truck and nothing. No click from solenoid, nothing. I check all fuses on driver's side, connections at battery and all seem good. Thanks again guys, appreciate what you do. Any help would be greatly appreciated right now.

I should add. I've recently changed the battery and have had it tested and it's good. I just recently changed the starter assy after noticing the main lug was broken off from corrosion. I've also just changed the battery positive cable to the solenoid.
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Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 AT 8:08 PM

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Tiny
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The first thing I would look at is ohms testing the negative battery cable from the battery to the frame, motor and body to make sure you have a good ground to all 3 from the battery. You should read 0.00 ohms to all 3 places from the battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter

Let me know what you find.

Rich
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Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 AT 9:38 PM
Tiny
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By that you mean to touch the leads to the negative terminal and the other one to the block, frame, and body in no particular spot. As in not along the negative cable but to metal.
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Thursday, January 9th, 2020 AT 5:38 AM
Tiny
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One lead on the bolt at the battery and yes touch the others anywhere you like just make sure you scratch through paint to metal in each place.

It is best to check a couple places on each to make sure you're getting an accurate reading. IE; if you test 2 spots on the frame and they don't read the same you need to scratch the lead more to get a better connection.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2020 AT 7:59 AM

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