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04 Durango won't crank, acts like battery is dead but it's

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04 Durango won't crank, acts like battery is dead but it's new. New starter. I can jump relay pins and it cranks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

is there a security light on or anything like that? sounds to me it could be a bad ignition switch or wiring between the ignition switch and the relay.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sometimes the dash lights work and when they do there is a red dot that blinks and I've never noticed it before. I'm not sure what the security light would be
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would ignition switch cause it to act like dead battery and nothing work even lights?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The other day it shut off while driving and had no electrical power everything was dead. I turned key on off a few times then everything powered back up.
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

have you checked the battery connections to make sure they are clean and tight? if the battery and connections are ok then replace the ignition switch

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all good. Will try switch
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

sounds good let me know if you need help replacing it, i maybe could get you instruction for replacing it

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've already got it pulled apart
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

Wow you're quick! let me know how it works out.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Switch didn't fix it. I unplugged all the connections on the pcm then plugged them back in and cleaned ground by the pcm now it works. I think the people is going out though cause the headlights go dim at idle and the oil light is coming on at idle. Checked oil and it's fine so I replaced the sending unit with no success.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there a way to test pcm without a drb3?
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

are there any codes in the PCM related to a security fault?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No codes that turn on mil. Will a regular code reader pick them up if mil isn't on? Is there a way to disable the security or bypass it?
Expert:  Nate replied 1 year ago.

i would scan it anyhow. a regular reader will at least give you the code number