Twice now when I go to start my truck the starter clicks like the battery is dead. Then, when I release the key from the crank position immediately the wipers come on,the gauges flip to pointing down, and the heater control panel goes to default. While this is happening it will crank if I turn the key but not start and wipers continue to run. One time I jiggled the battery cables and all was well. I changed the cable ends, thinking it was a ground issue. This morning it did the same thing immediately after starting. I backed out of the drive and after about 10 seconds the wipers started, engine stalled. After about 30 seconds the wipers stopped and it restarted with no intervention on my part,(battery cable wiggling etc.). Ran fine the rest of the day. Showed about 13 volts on the gauge and started 4 more times with no issue. Battery is less than 12 months old and holds a good charge. Theories??
Stalls - Wipers Run - Gauges Upside Down - Heater Panel Resets on 1994 Chevrolet 2500 Pickup
by smokedemt in Whitmore Lake, MI on October 24, 2010
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ANSWER by dandd on October 24, 2010
Sounds like you have 1 or more connection/wiring issues in your steering column. That is where I would begin. If you have a tilt wheel , then it is common on GM and Ford for very strange things to happen when the tilt wheel gets loose or is wearing out. If you have a tilt wheel is it nice and tight or is it loose? If it is loose then the ignition switch and wiper switch you, name it, can be involved, including wires arcing, strange operation etc.
COMMENT by Visitor on October 25, 2010
Thanks, This morning the bright light switch on the column was stuck and when I tried to click it the headlights went out completely. I am sure you are on the right track.