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Yeah, I knew it was under warranty. I thought there was a chance it would be easier for me to repair it myself then it would be to have it towed into the dealership. They can't get me in there for a week. Trying to figure out what is more convenient.
What makes me think it is the steering wheel position is that, for about a week, it simply would not start with the wheel in the stowed position. If I extended it just enough - no problem. Immediately after moving the shroud, it not longer started at all. I'll try to jump it but it I'm doubtful.
The only part near the steering column that would prevent it from starting is the ignition switch. Do you have any play (looseness) in the key or switch when turning? When you put in the key in, does the chime start and all dash lights come on? How about turning the key to "accessory" position. Does the radio come one? If all this checks out, the ignition switch is not a fault. At this low of miles, I don't think this is the problem, but there is always a possibility of a faulty part from the factory. One more question, do you have an alarm on the vehicle? If so, is it factory or aftermarket?
I have not noticed any play in the key or switch. All the dash lights come on and the chime starts when I put the key in. The radio comes on. I agree, it's not the ignition switch. I don't have an alarm (that I'm aware of) but the dealer did install an aftermarket remote starter. Whether I try to start the truck with the key or the remote starter, the same action occurs. Everything lights up and I hear a clicking sound coming from the right. Would that be the solenoid?
Do you think it's still worth a try to jumpstart it? Also, is it typical for a remote start system to have something in place between the solenoid and the starter that would interfere with the signal? I won't attempt to undertake any major repairs myself.
Yeah, if you have access to jumper cables, and another vehicle, for less than 5 minutes of your time, that will tell you if the battery is low on charge (if it does start,) or if it does not take the jump, then you can eliminate the battery as a possibility. It certainty won't hurt anything. Just make sure you have all lights and accessories turned off when jumping - radio, A/C, etc. Also, make sure nothing is plugged into the power point (cigarette lighter.) There are quite a few different remote start systems out there, so I can't say for sure, typically but no there should not be anything in between the solenoid and the starter.
Maybe the steering wheel position is just a red herring if it is the solenoid clicking. It only clicks once and it sounds like it's coming from under the dash on the passenger side. Does this make sense? I've arranged for it to be sent to the dealer but I'll try jumping it before it's towed. Do you mind if I keep this thread open until then? I'm at work right now.
I thought maybe the click was the solenoid but there is only one click as opposed to a rapid clicking (which I think is more indicative of a battery problem). Where is the solenoid in these vehicles?
The big one. 5.7
the starter solenoid is on the starter itself, but your remote start system my have one as well, and if it does, it would be under the driver side dash
I got home a little while ago and was able to take a look at things in the light of day. After removing some tape I did indeed find a broken wire where the remote starter wires join the wires coming from the ignition switch. I reconnected and turned the ignition on and presto - the truck started. I could see how the movement of the steering wheel caused the wires to move just enough to touch and then not touch. I just need to solder them back together and I'm good to go. Thanks for your help.