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well **** i found out today that i need a new upper control arm/ball joint and then i go to leave my house and my truck wont start it acts like its not getting any juice.


so here is a video and as soon as i turned off the camera it started but the RPM meter is from me pushing on the throttle and as soon as i let off of it it died but thats the only way i could get it to start.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPZvNITRzTg
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I had the same problem, and after looking over the engine I found a vacumn line had popped off. Hooked it back up & it started & ran just fine. Can't hurt to give it a try!
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you still got the stock pos battery don't you. I love it when they just click, then nothing.
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are you doing the reving..? is it just idling really odd.. its a common problem with 4.0L SOHC something with the computer... 99% of the time just pull the battery cable and reset the computer fixes it.. if its just not keeping power could be the bat going bad.. do a load test..
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are you doing the reving..? is it just idling really odd.. its a common problem with 4.0L SOHC something with the computer... 99% of the time just pull the battery cable and reset the computer fixes it.. if its just not keeping power could be the bat going bad.. do a load test..

Yes im doing the reving if i dont it just wont start at all and at the end as soon as i let off revving it died i just went out and looked to see if its a stock battery im going to bet it is b/c i saw no brand on it just the warning stuff. as for the vacume hoses im going to look in the morning when i can see stuff
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Definitely check for vaccum leaks and disconnecting the battery won't hurt.

You wouldn't happen to be using E85 would you? E85 can cause starting problems in cold weather.
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I'm using Regular unleaded not sure what percentage it is
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I'm using Regular unleaded not sure what percentage it is
Unless they are doing something totally different down by you it's probably 10% ethanol, just like up here.
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lol i like the ending,F*&#^#*(@&#
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you can try unplugging your battery, unplugging your ECU and cleaning all the contacts. I had a superchip installed and it would do the same thing if there was a bad contact.
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ok i do know what you mean by when it rains it pours... ok i had a very simaler problem about a month ago, but mine was a little more intense... first let me say check your altinator... is it giving you a Battery light? if so its the altinator... and the reason for it dieing, and you having to rev it is because there is no power getting to anything else... i had to do that all the way home... trying to keep the truck running... hell i didnt want to push it lol... but yeah do a load test it will check everything... and keep in mind no power means no run, as cars are no longer analog anymore haha...
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