Fellas, My ‘85 is stuck in a McDonalds parking lot. I drove it in to get some lunch. After lunch I got back in my Duke, turned the key, and the starter will not turn the flywheel. (1.) New battery (2.) There is NO neutral safety switch on the clutch pedal (3.) ALL the internal dash lights come on: blue ringy-dingy, the service engine soon, the red oil light, and the battery needle moves, as does the HVAC fan also comes on. When I turn the ignition key ‘On’— nothing! Anybody have any ideas? Cordially, Kevin Ps. It was raining today.
Fellas, Thanks for both your reply’s. My Fiero was running perfectly all day! If there was an issue with the battery, then why would it run so well before my lunch? The starter never gave me the slightest indication that it was near failing. Any other ideas? Cordially, kevin Ps. Other than Cliff, does anybody know how to move my post to the technical discussion questions?
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Fellas, If there was an issue with the battery, then why would it run so well before my lunch? The starter never gave me the slightest indication that it was near failing. Any other ideas?
Check the basic easy stuff first. Battery was recently replaced, so check the connections. Clutch safety switch was disconnected, so check that the over-ride connection is still good. Things break; starters fail that way, rain on the battery...
When u turn the key does it go “click”? Or something?... and batteries do die out of the blue (rare but happens) but sounds like it’s fine since your not saying all the lights go out when you try to crank it. Like stated before, check battery connections, but also check them at the other end, it would cause same problem
You can turn on the headlights, then have someone watch the headlights while you try to start the engine. If the headlights dim, then come right back to full brightness, if't the starter; if they dim, but slowly get back to brightness, it's the battery or battery conndctions, like a loose bolt; if nothing happens, it's a switch, or ground wire issue.
1. push start the car to get it home. 2. if you don't even get a starter "click" check wiring/power to solenoid 3. if no power to solenoid, backtrack wiring - it may be your clutch safety switch bypass or ignition switch 4. if solenoid and power OK, then all that's left is battery or starter itself
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