Re: Car won't start

Posted by DJ. Voyce on June 21, 1997 at 01:15:58

In Reply to: Re: Car won't start
posted by Walt on June 20, 1997 at 13:15:09

: : : I'm a new guy to model A's and finding out there is a lot to learn.I replaced my battery, new connector on negative side, and new cable on positive side to ground.My horn worked, lights worked, but when I stepped on the starter to start the motor - everything went dead after a short burst from the starter.Is there a fuse or some other relay that can turn off like this.

: : Walt it sounds like you may have a corrosion build up inside the battery connector/s or ground(posotive) strap or poor connection from connector to cable. This problem can be sorted out by removing the connectors from the battery, scraping the inside of them where they contact the battery posts & then dunking them in a hot solution of bi-carbonate of soda & water until they stop fizzing, & clean the contact point of the ground strap where it attaches to the chassis(frame).If the ground is attached to the chassis it would be a good idea to fit a seperate lead between the engine & chassis (normally from one of the flywheel housing bolts to the chassis) to ensure a good connection between the battery & engine which will prevent any voltage drop. If the wiring system is standard, from what you saythere should be no other reason for your problem. Hope this helps, let us know what you find.
: : DJ.

: Hi DJ-

: My battery , connector to negative terminal, and cable to positive terminal are all brand new.Maybe as you say I should check to see if the positive cable is making good contact with ground. I'm wondering why my lights and horn worked until I tried to start it with everything new and then all went dead.No lights- No horn - No starter - No Nothing

: Walt

Hi again Walt
Something else you could check is the negative cable connection where it attaches to the starter switch on top of the starter as this is where all the power for you electrics is picked up. A 12v test light will do the trick if you don't posess a miltimeter/ohmmeter, connect one side to the connector post on top of the starter & ground the other side on a head stud or some part of the engine with no paint on it, then ground it to the chassis. If the lamp won't light up either way, go back to my first suggestion.

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