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Have 2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax try to start and won't crank

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Have 2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax try to start and won't crank and none of the gauges come to life except the battery gauge and service engine light.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 11 months ago.

Hi, My Name is ***** ***** for posting your question to just answer. I am a ASE Certified Master Auto Technician with 20 years experience. I am confident we can resolve your problem together.Please remember I don't know your skill level. I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle. It may take a few back and forth replies to get to a satisfactory resolution.I also try to give all of the information you may need expecting a positive rating.

Is it possible that the battery is dead?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The batteries are fine plenty of voltage. The truck ran fine last night also this isn't the first time this has happened. Usually it is resolved by time.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 11 months ago.

These truck have a reputation for ignition switch problems. can you cycle the key several times and see if it lights up?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did that and nothing.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 11 months ago.

Sorry I am having internet problems today. I will opt out so someone else can help you. Good luck and have a good Christmas

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 11 months ago.

Hi there, I am Cam. Merry Christmas. Do you still need assistance?

If so, try this.
Pop the tilt lever out and take the lower trim of the column off. With your multimeter set to DC volts, place the red lead on the red wire. With the switch turned on, test the other leads with the black wire. Record the reading and let me know what those are. Repeat the test on the red/white wire. test each red/red with a stripe to ground.

Let me know the results.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
If it helps I just replaced the ignition switch with a new one and I'm having this problem
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 11 months ago.

It does. So next we need to check the power into the ignition switch. There are 2 thick red wires, one with a stripe. DO both have power?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Fixed it, stuck relay.
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 11 months ago.

Perfect. I hope you replaced it.

Is there more i can get you?