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Old 06-13-2010, 12:31 PM
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Default 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, No Gauge Cluster lights and No Start

Key goes in to full start and back to run spot but lights in cluster etc do not come on.

All accecories like lights and a/c work.

The steering wheel does not lock in position at all when in Park.

I am thinking bad computer, but I can not do the key dance to check codes or anything.

Truck has also 2 times completely shutdown while driving at over 80km/h almost like an electrical glitch hit the truck and powered everything down. But it would start back right up and no codes were displayed on dash.

Help me out please, need truck ASAP.

* Thanks for helping out a new guy, living in Southern Ontario.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the forum and sorry for your troubles.

Start with the easy stuff. Check all your battery connections (+, -, starter, ground). Then check the connection to your computer.

Sometimes it's just a corroded or loose connection.
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The fact the column won't lock makes me think you should be checking the lock cylinder/switch assembly.
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The fact the column won't lock makes me think you should be checking the lock cylinder/switch assembly.
Dang...I missed that sentence there. So there's a circuit tied to lock that disables start?
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So, I went out and check ECU connections and all four clips were okay, no burns or corrosion.

-checked steering column for loose connections or corrosion, no problems there.

-Found out the key can be removed in any position from acc to Start.

-Steering wheel still not locking in position, but I also read on a site the automatics do not have steering wheel lock? I don't know it that is true.

-When you open the door the Odometer and trip calculator still show up on the gauge Cluster but when you turn the key it disappears and doesn't come back.

We get power to all accecories and lights in the acc and start/run postions but still no power to the gauge cluster/odometer.

How do I remove the ignition cylinder to check the ignition switch? Anyone have a detailed description?

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The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder removal.
  1. Disconnect negative cable from battery.
  2. Remove upper and lower covers (shrouds) from steering column.
  3. Place shifter in PARK position.
  4. A retaining pin is located at side of key cylinder assembly.
    1. Rotate key to RUN position.
    2. Press in on retaining pin while pulling key cylinder from ignition switch.


1 - KEY 2 - KEY CYLINDER 3 - RETAINING PIN HOLE
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Thanks remerson! I am going to try and replace the ignition switch and see if that is the problem, cheaper than a tow to the dealership.
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Have you checked it with a test light to make sure all the appropriate circuits have power?
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