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  1. I had a strange problem with my '03 GMC Sierra but was able to figure it out and thought I'd post a summary in case someone else can benefit from it. The symptoms were random and odd. The ABS/Brake dash lights would come on every couple weeks and the chime would go off a million times, then started happening more often and finally started happening when I'd turn the key to the "on" position before starting the engine. I figured it had something to do with the ABS module maybe and would look into it, except that when it got really bad it was at the same time my A/C blower and electric windows wouldn't work. AND, the transmission would go into "limp mode" and stay in third gear. I figured it had to be related since it all started going bad within one day, then the truck wouldn't start at all, luckily in front of my house. I suspected the ignition switch since that's a place where multiple components are powered. I grabbed a good used switch (I work at a wrecking yard) and swapped it out and that didn't help so I checked power to the switch. One wire was hot going to the switch but when I rotated the wheel to acc and on positions only a ocuple wires lit up out of eight! Good switch but power not being distributed. Turns out that there's two power wires that go to the switch, in my case both red wires (some schematics show red and red/wht) and the other red wire was dead. I checked it at the fuse box and it had power, probed the wire from the fuse box to as far as I could toward the fire wall and had power, then started at the switch and probed the wire past the big connector under the dash as far back to the firewall as I could and it was good (continuity test). So I decided I had a bad power wire at the firewall somewhere. In my book this is weird, I've never had something like that happen before, but the bad wire was buried in the wire loom so much that I decided to cut the wire at both ends and solder a new "patch" in. Everything worked! The A/C and windows have worked perfectly for three weeks and the transmission never showed a problem again. The only disappointment has been the ABS/Brake lights lighting up once in the past three weeks. Not sure what to think about that yet. Sorry for the long explanation but I think it's all important. Hopefully no one else ever has this problem... Dan
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-29-2017 General Motors has had a positive development (from GM’s standpoint) with regard to the ignition switch defect lawsuits now underway. Reuters and others are reporting that the recent court decision could reduce the number of cases to be tried, and could reduce GM’s overall liability. Presently, a handful of bellwether cases are underway. These are sort of test cases that the court monitors and controls with the intent of helping to shape how the huge number of private cases will finally be handled. A judge in Manhattan has ruled that plaintiffs cannot allow experts to testify on how the switches may have acted during a crash. The judge called the experts’ testimony “unreliable” because there is no evidence of the scenario they are proposing had actually occurred and commented, “The court recognizes that these conclusions may have a significant impact on a swath of cases now pending in the MDL and, thus, does not reach them lightly.” GM’s success in court continues and to date, it seems that GM has won at pretty much every step when defending against private owners (or their estates) who were killed or injured. However, GM settled out of court with many states and wrote millions in checks to avoid having to fight those larger opponents.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-31-2017 With very little fanfare, GM is almost routinely writing checks for tens of millions of dollars to states and other entities to settle its ignition switch defect claims. The most recent check written is for $13.9 million to Orange County California. The Detroit Free Press reports that, thus far, GM has paid stated $120 million to settle out of court. Meanwhile, GM is aggressively fighting individual cases brought by the relatives of dead or injured former owners of allegedly defective GM vehicles. And winning. GM has yet to lose an important case that went to trial. "We must protect our consumers from businesses that put profits over people by keeping cars on roads safe and avoiding preventable accidents," District Attorney for Orange County, Tony Rackauckas said in a statement. "We must also encourage all businesses to be fair and live up to safety standards, and must not allow those engaging in unfair practices to punish those businesses that don't cut corners by compromising safety."
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5/30/2016 General Motors is actively participating in the cases being tried related to its ignition switch defect. We spotted an excellent overview of the progress of the bellwether cases at LegalReader.com. What we find interesting is that GM is winning - all the cases so far. Bellwether cases are used in a situation where both sides wish to engage in a settlement, but one side has many parties involved. The bellwether cases are used to form the basis for the settlement by acting as examples for the many cases pending. None of the first four cases concluded resulted in a loss for GM. Here is a quick overview of the current six cases being looked at to act as bellwether cases as provided by LegalReader.com: - The first ended abruptly in January 2016, when an Oklahoma man withdrew his case amidst accusations by GM that he lied on the witness stand about how he lost a new house he tried to buy after the accident. - GM prevailed in the second trial when a New York federal jury found the New Orleans plaintiff was not injured by the ignition-switch defect at issue in her Saturn roadster. -The third bellwether plaintiff, Nadia Yingling, entered a confidential settlement term sheet before trial began -The fourth bellwether plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his case. -The Virginia woman involved in the fifth bellwether, Stephanie Cockram, urged the judge to allow her case to include evidence of more than 50 additional car accidents purportedly caused by GM’s ignition switch defect, arguing that all of those incidents shared the central characteristics of her own severe crash. Her case is set to take place from September 12, 2016 through September 30, 2016 - The sixth and final bellwether is set to start on November 14, 2016.
  5. The New York Times reported today that this is one of the six bellwether cases being tried to determine how a settlement or class action trial might proceed. GM commented on the case in a statement, saying “The jurors studied the merits of the case and saw the truth. This was a very minor accident that had absolutely nothing to do with the car’s ignition switch.” Read about the prior case here. Graphic courtesy of GM
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3/31/2016 General Motors has made it two in a row now. Both of the first trials brought to court have resulted in wins for GM. In this most recent win for GM a jury decided for the automaker in a New York case involving a 2014 accident that injured two. The prior case was tossed by the judge after the party that brought the case was found to be lying (in the eyes of the court). The New York Times reported today that this is one of the six bellwether cases being tried to determine how a settlement or class action trial might proceed. GM commented on the case in a statement, saying “The jurors studied the merits of the case and saw the truth. This was a very minor accident that had absolutely nothing to do with the car’s ignition switch.” Read about the prior case here. Graphic courtesy of GM
  7. ABC News reports that "...Scheuer, a mail man, had a two-decade history of surgeries and pain medication prescriptions for spinal issues. He also said two calls to Scheuer's cellphone messaging system from his phone contradict his claims he was unconscious for three hours after the accident." Mr. Scheure's lawyers did not dispute the claim by GM. Background story - GM Ignition Switch Defect Hurt Or Killed 400 Image of GM's Mary Barra is from her testimony on the issue to Congress.
  8. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1/22/2016 General Motors is involved in trials all over the country related to the faulty ignitions switch issue. These are on top off the settlements GM has made. To try to bring some closure, the courts are looking for bellwether cases that can be used as a guide for settlements between GM and the many plaintiffs. One early case brought by attorneys for Robert Scheuer of Oklahoma, was tossed out on its first day of proceedings today. This after GM's lawyers presented some evidence the judge determined that Mr. Scheur and his wife had lied about the case. ABC News reports that "...Scheuer, a mail man, had a two-decade history of surgeries and pain medication prescriptions for spinal issues. He also said two calls to Scheuer's cellphone messaging system from his phone contradict his claims he was unconscious for three hours after the accident." Mr. Scheure's lawyers did not dispute the claim by GM. Background story - GM Ignition Switch Defect Hurt Or Killed 400 Image of GM's Mary Barra is from her testimony on the issue to Congress.
  9. I just recently parked my Chevy 1500 Silverado WT to do some routine work. when I attempted to start it up all that happened was the key turned and the instrument panel lights went out and there was an audible click from that area. I got out and check the battery connections, battery (which is fairly new) and the starter relay on the fuse block. I even tried jumping it off of a running vehicle, but still the same problem exist. All the lights and radio work fine so I assume the battery is not the cause for the sudden death. I tried swapping the starter relay with another relay (one that was for fog lights which I don't have) and I still get the same response. I then took out the ignition relay fuse and found the power side and connected it to the ground terminal and nothing happened. I repeated the same steps on the starter relay and I heard the starter click. I have never had any starting problems (with the exception of the key getting stuck from time to time) with the truck or any kind of work done recently. I don't have a anti-theft system as far as I know. Since I'm sure the problem is electrical in nature could anyone tell me what could be the cause or what I should investigate next? I understand there could be many failures in the system that could cause this, so I will try and seek out the most likely causes first. Hopefully I can avoid having to tow it to the dealer for a diagnosis and repair with the help of a knowledgeable and friendly mechanic. Thanks in advanced for anyone who can help me.
  10. In related news, we reported yesterday that General Motors has officially admitted wrongdoing in the case and has settled with the Justice Department. For more details please see the prior story here.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9/18/2015 General motors has settled another 50 wrongful death cases related to the ignition switch defect. According to attorney Bob Hilliard, appointed by the Federal Judge to oversee the settlement of these cases, the total number of victims compensated stands at 174. These are just the officially recognized death cases, not the sum total of the open cases, or the number of cases involving injury. In related news, we reported yesterday that General Motors has officially admitted wrongdoing in the case and has settled with the Justice Department. For more details please see the prior story here.
  12. Second, Nobody at General Motors will be charged with a crime. Like the similar Toyota settlement, the charges will be deferred. GM simply has to not do this type of thing again, and nobody will be held responsible. According to AP, the crimes its employees could have been charged with are "... wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator." Last, GM will pay $900 million to the U.S. government in a penalty about 30% lower than that which Toyota paid. The penalty represents less than 2% of the tax payment deferrals the company was allowed to keep as part of its 2009 bankruptcy and less than a tenth of the direct cost of the bailout paid for by the U.S. taxpayers.
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9/17/2015 General Motors has cleared one of the major hurdles it faces with regard to the cover up of unsafe ignition switches. A settlement reached with the Justice Department has three main highlights. First, GM has admitted to failing to disclose a defect that could lead to deaths. Furthermore, the company admitted that it mislead consumers about the safety defect. Second, Nobody at General Motors will be charged with a crime. Like the similar Toyota settlement, the charges will be deferred. GM simply has to not do this type of thing again, and nobody will be held responsible. According to AP, the crimes its employees could have been charged with are "... wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator." Last, GM will pay $900 million to the U.S. government in a penalty about 30% lower than that which Toyota paid. The penalty represents less than 2% of the tax payment deferrals the company was allowed to keep as part of its 2009 bankruptcy and less than a tenth of the direct cost of the bailout paid for by the U.S. taxpayers.
  14. Sorry if something similar has already been posted but I haven't found a solution that works. My 2004 Silverado 1500 LS, 5.3L Vortec is giving me all kinds of fits. Would be happy to elaborate the long story but going for the short to start with. I have been having problems with hitting the key and nothing but a dash reset; this has been intermittent since the first of the year and usually would clear itself up. When this happens I get all kinds of weird lights and messages but no codes. It would usually clear itself up within a couple of days then I could drive for a few weeks with no problems. I did notice that sometimes when it happened the blower was left on when trying to start it but didn't seem to be tied to weather. The two worst instances, one a snow storm and the other 80+ degrees. Two weeks ago I forgot to turn the air off and when I started the truck to go home the check engine light was on, the ABS light was on and the brake light was on; I also noticed that the air was still on but the blower wasn't working. The truck would barely move itself. I turned everything off and started it again but had the same symptoms. It barely limped home and started the no attempt to start problem again. I read the codes and had 740, 753, 758, 785 and 2761. Did some research and found that if you get all these codes the most common fix was the ignition switch and this was confirmed by a mechanic after he looked it up in his resources. Logically everything made since that the problem was most likely the ignition switch, it wasn't unless O'Reilly's sold me a bad switch. Here are some things I have tried: The battery is a year old and has been checked but I think there still may be a problem with it. I had to do a relearn on the security because I replaced the PCM so I hooked a charger up as suggested. After the relearn the key would bump the motor but that was it. I found if I held the key it would bump, wait a few seconds then bump again and repeat the cycle. I left the charger on and over time the cycle would shorten. Finally I went out and the engine turned over like normal, started and the charger indicated the battery had a full charge. I checked all the fuses and relays I replaced the starter a couple of months ago thinking it might of had a dead spot, it failed with the new starter the same day I replaced it. I had the bright idea of running a wire from the S post of the starter to the top of the motor to attach a remote switch. When the no attempt to start problem occurred I used a remote switch and it would start and immediately shut off (theft deterrent I suppose) but if I used the remote switch and key switch at the same time it would start but the truck would not move so I expect the transmission was not being energized. I replaced the ignition switch, I assume I have it in correctly because the switch seems to work. I did try moving the gear a notch or two both directions and got less than desirable results. I replaced the PCM last night and did the security relearn; I get the same results with the new PCM as I do the old. I have swapped them out a couple of times today with no difference and now they both show the same transmission codes. Right now the truck will start with just the key but will not move. The check engine light is on with the codes being the transmission codes listed above. The ABS light is on and the Brake light is on (the parking brake is not set) and the heat/air blower does not work. Is there another ?CM module that could be causing these problems? Aren't you glad I didn't go into the long story? Thanks Chris
  15. I've got an 01 Duramax in the garage and its going crazy. The customers complaint is that sporadically; there's no power, sometimes it wont shut off after you get it started, the radio, windows, and seats don't work, his 4x4 indicator lights shut off and he says it tries to shift into 4x4 low going down the road. His four way flasher indicator lights stay on but his flashers do not work no do his turn signals. I assume it may be a Body Control Module or possibly ignition switch??? Any and all thoughts are appreciated! New to the site so be easy on me. Thanks
  16. Hello My name is rich, I am an absolute newbie at troubleshooting like this. I have a 2007 GMC Sierra2000HD, it worked fine until yesterday night, someone pulled down hard enough on the shifting lever that the indicator will show as if it was in the R position. The vehicle, will not start now, the key will not release the steering wheel or shifting lever. The key was Not in the ignition when the damage occured. It is my work truck and i have to have it fixed by tomorrow morning or the world stops spinning, Please help me at least get started. Thank You Rich
  17. Hi guys, I'm leaving out of town this weekend and desperately need to get my suburban fixed. I have a 2002 chevy suburban 1500 4x4 5.3v8 z71, and recently the check engine light came on and the car started driving very sluggish, almost like it was starting out in 2nd gear and felt like it had no power. I hooked up a code reader and found the following codes: P0740 tcc ckt malfunction P0785 shift/timing sol malfunction P1860 tcc sol cntrl ckt P0463 fuel level sensor a ckt high input - I think this might have to do with fuel guage not working properly when I put new fuel pump in so I'm not worried about this. I looked it up on identifix and everything said ignition switch failure. I got a new ignition switch and put it in today and now I'm having issues with the dash not lighting up (all the lights work but the radio, gauges, tach, D,2,3,4,R, don't work). It also will not start anymore. It turns over and tries to fire up but won't actually run and stay running. I was thinking it was a passlock security issues so I tried waiting 15 mins, etc and still can't get it to start. Then, intermitently, the dash lights and tach, etc started working for about 10 minutes but then went off again. I've double checked every fuse under the hood and in the drivers side panel and don't see anything that looks blown. When I pulled the old ignition switch out, I noticed the white wire going into the gear case that meshes with the lock cylinder was broken, so I figured that was why I was having the ignition switch issue. Before I replaced the ignition switch the car would start fine, and now it won't start with the new one. I have a 10 year old optima yellow top battery in it that has always worked like a charm and I even tried jumping it and still couldn't get it to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I need to get going this Friday! Thanks!
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