|Originally posted by 07Hoffmannd:|
well. my car died. it would not start at all. no trying to start, no click from the stater/solenoid, no nothin. the dials don't even come on when i turn the car on (but not turned over). however, the lights all still work. and it makes the warning chime that my lights are on. the radio doesn't work though.
Am I wrong, or does this sound like a fusible link? (actually, sounds like about 6 problems at once) Also sounds like a bad solenoid, blown fuses, relays, neutral safety switch...... the "nothing but lights" thing is weird...let's try this, you need to weed out problems one by one... if the starter is not working, makes sure your in park. (you have an auto, correct?) If still no start, set the e-brake, press the brake, turn the key to "start" and hold in start position. slowly pull the shift lever down to "1". Note if the car tries to start in any gear.
Another thing to try is disconnecting the neutral safety switch (small rectangular type thing on the top of the transmission. about 2" X 2.5") and jumping the wires in the harness... someone here is going to have to help you with this because I have not owned an auto since.....2001(?). Try to start the car again (in park). If this lets you start the car, it will allow you to start in any gear. Be careful until you replace the safety switch.
Next we can look at the starter. Take a multimeter and and test the terminal with the thicker wire attached to it (should be the highest post) you should have 12v.
Now you need an assistant. The other post with the thinner wire (more towards the passenger compartment. terminal "S") should give you 0v, but when the key is turned to start, you will get about 10V. (this is why you need an assistant.) If you are getting the proper voltage but the starter is not working, your solenoid is shot. (the solenoid is the smaller part attacher to the starter. that has the wires attached to it)
I know you have other problems going on, but you need to get the car to run. I always start were I find my first problem when I get to the car (IE. you have to start the car before it runs, it has to run before you drive...)
to answer some questions. the tach only goes crazy when i accelerated. not hard acceleration per se, but any acceleration that was above 2000 rpm. the car would seem like it was dying. it wouldn't jog or sound different. it just died. everything turned off and i came to a stop. it did this before and it magically started the next day (after i got it towed of course). i have no idea what happened to it, and niether does the local mechanic. also, the chime was random and only happened during acceleration.
note: battery is good. charger/ altornator new and not slipping. new connection from battery to altornator. and new clean connections to battery.
Sounds like something is grounding out....or more likely, not grounding. These cars are almost 25 years old, and over time the ground connections begin to corrode. You can replace the ground, or if they are good, scuff up the grounding spot and/or the wire ends. Or, if you wanted, you could just run new grounds to new spots.
You know, I wonder how the pick up looks on you car...
Just curious, is your wiring harness melted, or melting together? The main harness over the manifold (you said 84' correct?) can "melt" and expose the wires.... this can make them arch signals, ground out, or other weird things... When the car gave up, you were driving it for a while, and then "all of the sudden" the problems came up? or was it a constant thing? did you get one symptom at a time. (does anyone else see what I am getting at?) My old 84 auto melted the harness and the wires began to touch, arch, and ground... I thought the car was possessed... I called my mechanic to help be retrieve the car. When I explained what was happening, he thought I was joking. He saw the same things, and told me to call a priest. Got a new harness, and presto! car was perfect...
Just bouncing some ideas to you, and some easy checks and inexpensive items.
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