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Old 01-14-2011, 01:35 AM
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Default Lightning Bolt Light/ check Engine Light

So my wife had the truck the other day when she calls me at work and asks what the lightning bolt light next to the temp gauge was. I said i wasnt sure and asked why, she proceeds to tell me it came on along with the check engine light after a few attemps to start the truck and getting nothing. She said the first few times it didnt start at all as in didnt try. the next few attempts it had a hard time. It finally fired up and the two lights ended up going off before i got home. So based off of that does anyone knwo what that little lightning bolt is for and what would cause that? It has not come back on again and the truck is running fine.

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Can't copy the picture, but here's what the owner's manual says and it does show the "lightning bolt" in the picture.

12. Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) Light 5.7L
Engines Only
This light informs you of a problem with the
Electronic Throttle Control system. If a problem
is detected the light will come on while the
engine is running. If the light remains lit with
the engine running your vehicle will usually be drivable,
however, see your dealer for service as soon as possible.
If the light is flashing when the engine is running,
immediate service is required and you may experience
reduced performance, an elevated/rough idle or engine
stall and your vehicle may require towing. The light will
come on when the ignition is first turned on and remain
on briefly as a bulb check. If the light does not come on
during starting, have the system checked by an authorized
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I'd have the truck scanned for any codes. It usually indicates a problem with the throttle body or a sensor. Driveability suffers and it could leave you stranded by NOT starting.
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If i walked out there and flashed the codes with the key would they come up or are these just stored codes that need an actual scanner to bring up?

EDIT: This truck doesnt allow me check the codes by turning the key like my 05 Neon does. It has yet to come back on but for good measure i will take it in and see what comes up. It lights up when starting like it says in the manual you posted but isnt on during idle and she said it didnt flash at her which is a good thing.
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Easiest way is to swing by Autozone or the like and they'll read them for free and also have access to the info there on how to fix it.
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I have a pocket OBD2 scanner and i also work for O'reilly auto. No DTC's were found when i plugged it in and the check engine light is not currently on. Is it safe to say its not a continous issue?
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My earlier post says you should be okay.
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I appreciate it! Had me nervous for a minute there.
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I have been having this same problem. It started out on a drive while pulling away from a red light. The truck became gutless and barely made it through the intersection. Once I stopped and restarted, it ran fine. Next it happened while cruising on the interstate. It started acting the same as the first incident. While driving, I put the transmission in neutral, shut down the engine and restarted. The engine ran fine after the re-start. Both times the fuel control light was blinking, but I didn't notice the DTC light.

The next incident happened when the truck didn't start at all. Didn't notice any lights as I was too pissed to think about it. Happened again a couple weeks later. With every incident there were no DTCs in the computer (I have a reader).

I have since found a friend at work with a 2005 Dodge Durango with the Hemi who is having the same problem. There must be someone out there that knows what this is. If anyone could post the solution I would be greatly appreciated.
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You may have to take it to the dealer where they can pull codes that are not available to those of us with a scanner. I believe they call them 'deep codes'.
Having said that, I am sure someone with more knowledge on this will be by to give you some good tips.
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