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So i just finished installing a new engine (see here for more info: http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=60850 )

Not surprisingly, everything didnt just work on the first try ;-)

I got the battery hooked up (this is a known good truck battery for testing, until I buy new one). Double and triple checked that all plugs, hoses, etc were hooked up.

Heres the problem - I turn the key, and i get nothing. No crank, no click, nothing. The battery/voltage light on the dash is constantly on. The check engine light is on.

Obviously, I am going to hook up a code reader to check the codes, I just didnt have one with me tonight. Theoretically should have been blank without the battery hooked up for months.

So, what I am looking for is ideas. Things to check. Things to verify. I would like to be able to hit the ground running tomorrow evening when i get back to working on it.

So far, i know the battery is good, and i know the starter is good (starter was bench tested before reinstalling in vehicle.)

So, I need ideas for things to check, and things to try to get this baby started. Or even just to crank. at this point, at least a starter spin would be a welcome event.

Thanks in advance
 

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Everything is connected correctly on the starter? I've left the solenoid pick wire disconnected once. It will cause the same problem as what you have, since that wire activates the solenoid that activates the starter.

The battery light and check engine light shouldn't be anything to worry about. Those lights, along with the oil pressure light, should stay on any time the key is on and the engine is not running, because the alternator isn't charging, there is no oil pressure, and the computer's not receiving a signal from the crank sensor.

I would recommend double-checking all your wire connections, especially at the starter.

Casey
 

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Ok problem solved. Turns out my shift linkage wasnt sitting quite right, had to loosen the bolt and adjust. "park" wasnt quite, well, in park. So the engine was locked out.

Fixed that and it started right up. Still running a little rough, but it hasnt had a chance to reprogram itself yet. taking out for a drive here in a few.
 

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I've found that after big repair jobs, you're almost guaranteed to make some stupid, easy to fix mistake.

I didn't even realize it was an automatic, otherwise I would have suggested checking the park-neutral switch.

Casey
 
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