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06 duramax code u0101 will not start.

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06 duramax code u0101 will not start. says service brake system      key to start possition   all goes dead
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  goodwrench9124 replied 9 years ago.
Hello, code u0101 is
DTC U0101 Lost Communication With Transmission Control Module (TCM)



when you say the truck is dead, does it like the batteries are dead// or does the elctrical system seems to be ok, except it wont crank??

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
batteries are good checked voltage. ignition key to on position says service brake system and dings like hell. go to start and everything is dead no lights no crank. also in run no gearshift indicator.
Expert:  goodwrench9124 replied 9 years ago.

Ok, has this vehicle been jump started?????? couple of the things to look at here, one being a bad transmission control module? the other possible wiring problem. here is some info on this concern!!

DTC U0101, No Engine Crank and No Tech 2 Communication with TCM - keywords control engage MIL LCT1000 MW7

Subject:DTC U0101, No Engine Crank and No Tech II Communication with TCM

Models:2006 Chevrolet Silverado
2006 GMC Sierra
2006 Chevrolet Kodiak
2006 GMC TopKick
Equipped with Allison LCT1000 (RPO - MW7) Automatic Transmission


The following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the symptom(s) described in this PI.


A few TCMs have been returned from the field for analysis because of the following symptoms:

  1. No engine crank with key in the start position.
  2. TCM will not communicate with diagnostic tools. DTC U0101 may be stored in other vehicle modules.

The field returned TCMs mentioned above were analyzed and found to have two battery ground nodes inside the TCM damaged by excessive electrical current passing through the heatsink of the TCM. The nodes affected, described as wire-bonds, are tied to pins 9 and 69 (battery ground pins) of the TCM.

Warning: The TCM is manufactured so that the heatsink of the TCM is electrically isolated from all vehicle electrical systems including vehicle chassis ground. Do not ground welders, battery chargers, electrostatic painting equipment or any other electrical devices to the heatsink. Disconnect the 80-way connector from the TCM when electrically welding on the vehicle.

To avoid damaging a TCM in this manner, NEVER ALLOW the following:

  1. Battery positive wires to touch the heat-sink of the TCM (e.g. when jump-starting vehicle).
  2. Positive battery power chassis harness wire to pin 10 and pin 70 of the TCM to be wired without fuse protection of 10-15 amp.
  3. Physical contact between heatsink and vehicle chassis or other circuit ground points.
  4. Electrical grounding of devices such as arc welders, battery charger cables, electrostatic painting equipment, or jumper cables to the TCM heatsink.


  1. Switch ignition key off.
  2. Install J39700 breakout box with J47275 TCM breakout harness adapter and J47275-1 magnetic overlay.
  3. Connect 80-way connector of J47275 to the TCM. Do not connect the vehicle side 80-way connector of J47275 to the chassis harness.
  4. Test for continuity between pin 9 and 69.


  1. If the circuit between pin 9 and 69 is open, then the TCM has been damaged from some external source shorting to the heatsink of the TCM.
  2. Inspect for the source that shorted to the TCM heatsink.
  3. Eliminate or repair the source or condition that caused the damage.
  4. Replace damaged TCM after the condition that caused the TCM damage has been corrected.

    Note: Visual surface pits and carbon deposits are typically found on the TCM heatsink when high energy arcs are generated by shorts between the heatsink and battery power.

  5. If continuity exists between pin 9 and 69, then refer to steps in eSI for "No engine crank" and/or "No communication"
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
your information on 06 duramax veru helpful thank you. chevy also has same conclusion.tcm bad.
Expert:  goodwrench9124 replied 9 years ago.
great!! thanks for using ja!!