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Old 11-03-2001, 07:48   #1 (permalink)
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I detailed my engine last Saturday and now when I go to start her up she won't crank when I turn the key in the ignition. I changed the starter selenoid. I have no clue on why she won't crank. The starter motor turns when I try to hot wire it. PLEASE HELP!!!:sad:
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Old 11-03-2001, 07:56   #2 (permalink)
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two things come to mind, 1. did you accidentaly switch the the two small wires on the solenoid? one is ign bypass to the coil and the other is the cranking wire. if they get swapped it will not crank with the key. 2. sometimes on old wiring, the act of touching them cause evil demons to be released. put a test light on the red wire with blue trace (thats the crank wire) and ground the other side of the light. then go turn the key and see if it lights up. if it does not light up, the evil demons have chewed their way through the wire and you need to find out where and why (sometimes bending the wire causes a break due to age and brittle fatigued wires). hope this helps, hawkrod
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Old 11-04-2001, 07:32   #3 (permalink)
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No I was careful and labeled everything before I took the wires off. I noticed when my Dad tried starting in nwutral it almost started. Is there any typeof safety switch or connection on the transmission?
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Yes, it is called the neutral start safety switch. Properly ajusted, the switch only allows the starter to crank in neutral or park. The switch is located on the side of the tranmission where the shift lever attaches. You may get the car to start by jiggling the shifter lever. Let me know if you want to learn how to adjust the switch.
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Old 11-08-2001, 06:16   #5 (permalink)
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Please. I took the shift bezel off and I saw something that could have a light. Is that neutral safety switch. Please tell me how to adjust it. I wanna take her out for a ride!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2001, 07:55   #6 (permalink)
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Like I said, the neutral start swith is ON the transmission itself. You gotta get under the car to see it. It's on the driver's side where the shift linkage attaches to the trans. The switch is a half-circle housing secured by two bolts to the trans. If you look closely there is a small (1/8"?) hole in the switch body. Find a drill bit of that size then put the trans shifter lever in "nuetral". Get back under the car and loosen the two bolts securing the switch. Insert the drill bit in the hole and lightly push it inward. Move the switch side to side until the drill bit can be pushed in farther. (You'll feel it go in farther at a certain point in the switch's movement). Tighten the bolts and check to see if the car will now start in "nuetral" AND in "park". If so, you're done; if not, get back under the car and try adjusting the switch again. Hope this helps. It will if the switch is out of adjustment.
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Old 11-10-2001, 18:02   #7 (permalink)
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We finally fixed it the points were a little dirty. We cleaned them and now she starts right up.
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Old 11-10-2001, 20:44   #8 (permalink)
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You SAID the engine wouldn't "turn over"! Cleaning the points had nothing to do with that problem! Sheez!
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Old 11-13-2001, 05:55   #9 (permalink)
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Yea it still doesn't turn on in park, it only starts in neutral.
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Old 11-13-2001, 07:14   #10 (permalink)
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Ok, maybe we need to backup. If you are saying that it will not turn over or do anything in park, but it starts in neutral then it definately sounds like your neutral safety switch. You could do what I did to fix mine and change over to a manual!!!:s6: Honestly I don't know much about them, but that really sounds like the source of your problem!!
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