I picked up a salvage title 1998 (in signature) mostly for parts. I'd like to get it running now. PO didn't speak much English, but was going to sell it to family in Guatemala or something. They said it may have a bad fuel pump (only about 88K on the truck). It looks like it may have had an aftermarket alarm in it at one point. It also had aftermarket fog lights hooked up at some point too. It had no battery when I got it. It is also missing the driver side inner fender and the radio. I'll give a list of what has happened, and some pictures.
- At one point we tried starting it off a jumper box. It turned over, but wouldn't fire. I chalked it up to the fuel pump being dead and didn't touch it for a while. I did not know the clutch harness was not plugged in at this point.
- I looked at it all again much later and I saw an odd, lone gray wire under the hood going through the firewall at the clutch. Went inside and popped off the knee panels to get a better look. It ran up and spliced into the red/light blue wire coming out of the ignition module (I guess that's what it's called). The other end of that wire had a purple wire crimped to it, but that went to nowhere. There was also a yellow and a green/gray wire with tape on them. I noticed the clutch harness was unplugged so I plugged that back in. I got a battery and tried starting it with no luck. All it would do was click once and blow a fuse. I replaced the fuse and walked away from it for several months. I'm looking through the owners manual trying to jog my memory and I think it's the 7.5A fuse in slot 24: clutch pedal position (CPP) switch, starter interrupt relay, anti-theft.
- Found the EVTM I bought for my 2000 2.5L 5-speed. Everything looks the same so far. The red/light blue wire that's cut on the C213 ignition switch (page 13-21) is in PIN STA, circuit 32 and is labelled as Hot In Start Output. Everything else looks in place. That wire feeds the clutch position sensor directly (and the GEM and radio, I think).
- I got the Red/blue wire crimped back together. It was running from the ignition module all the way to the starter motor. I'm not sure what the point of doing that is, other than to bypass the clutch safety switch maybe. Whatever the reason, it's all pulled out and corrected now. The yellow and green/gray were stripped a little, but never severed. Next step is to find a battery or jump box and see if it wants to fire.
-I was given a weird little jump box for Christmas. I decided to hook it up and see if the truck did anything. Nope. Deader than a door ****. I'm not sure if the jump box couldn't handle it, or if I just need to get a legit battery. Figured I'd tried this first to save $115 on a battery if I could... assuming more things need to be done before I can make real use of a battery.
-Got the battery installed. I got inside the truck (key was already in it) and didn't hear a chime or anything. Turned the key to "on" and the gauge cluster lit up. Turned the key to "start" and I heard a click, then everything was dead again. Key off, out, on, start... all dead. The click sounds like it's coming from behind the dash. There's no radio in it, so I could hear the click pretty well. I didn't hear or see a mini-fuse blow this time. I noticed another wire was tampered with to the right of the steering column. Looks like a very small yellow/green wire, patched up with black electrical tape. I also saw a white/gray wire going to a plug that had nothing plugged into it. I'm not sure what that's for either. (Picture below.) The battery is disconnected for now.
I'm guessing there's a relay or fusable link behind the dash somewhere. I'm not sure why it's being tripped though. I'm also curious as to why all this botched wiring was done.
Clutch harness plugged back in. You can see the gray wire coming through the firewall.
You can see both ends of the red/blue wire here. One end is crimped to a black wire, which is the same as the gray wire, they just extended it by twisting it together with the gray one.
Overhead shot, where you can see the gray wire I first spotted it. (I figured out where that yellow vacuum tube connects to as well.)
To the right of the steering column. Haven't figured out what the yellow/green or white/gray wires are for yet.