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Old May 23rd, 2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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i posted awhile back about my 68 galaxie and i finally had some time to work on it thurs. this is now where i am at. i have changed the nuetral safty switch, solonoid, starter, ignt switch and the connecter, and still no fire. in nuetral there is power to the small ignition post when the key is held in the start position, power at the large side post where the positive comes in, very little power at the small starter post and no power at the large side post where the starter cable is connected? this is driving me nuts i havent been able to drive the car since last oct when i drove it home any ideas?
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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Jump the two large posts on the solinoid (make sure key is off or car is in neutral) with jumper cables or a large pair of pliers. If starter cranks you have a problem with voltage from the key at the trigger wire or you have a bad solinoid, starter, or ground. If that test works try jumping power from the large positive side of the solinoid to one of the small posts located on the front (should be marked S). If vehicle starts you have a voltage problem at the small start wire. Put a test light on this small wire and turn the key to the start position. The test light should light up nice and bright. If the light is dim you may not be able to pass enough current through that circut to engage the solinoid. No voltage with the key in the start position indicates a bad neutral safety switch, bad key switch, wiring, or bad power supply to ignition switch.

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Old May 23rd, 2008, 07:12 PM   #3
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I know this doesn't pertain to a car but my lawn tractor, a fairly good size tractor just had a similar problem. I had no power to the small side of the solenoid. I traced down the entire system with the wiring schematic of course, thru the relays, starter, fuse block, and ignition switch. I tested in acc. mode and start mode and finally came across no power to the starter on the small side. Easy fix!! I also did the same as nuggets mentioned. I jumped the starter and the beast came alive. This concludes my 2 cents.
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nuggets, thats exactly whats happening, the small (I) post lights up nice & bright and the (S) post is very dim, barly glows the filiment in the bulb and no juice to big post with the cable from the starter, but jumping it from the large positive post to the small (S) post does nothing? is there a way to bypass all this and still have the ignt work from the key?
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If you jump the two large post with jumper cables does the starter work? From what you've described it sounds like you have a voltage issue from your key to the start solinoid.
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thanks to you guys on where to look and some help from kirk(plato2k) and his brother kyle we got it working again. the solonoid was not grounding out completely. cant wait to finish the brakes on this thing and do some driving with it this year!!
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