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Old 05-13-2002, 10:02   #1 (permalink)
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Won't Start and Brake Fail light is lit!!!!

The battery clamps were very dirty so I removed them and cleaned them thoroughly. The battery was unhooked from the car for probably an hour. In the process I found that my earth was loose down at the engine mount, so I took that off and cleaned that. When I had put everything back together, I went to start it and it did absolutely nothing. Well. all the gauges work, the CD player, lights, but it will not turn over. It throws up this "brake fail" light in the dash. I double checked all my connections and nothing is changed from the way it was. What went wrong???

Come on, all I did was remove the battery clamps and clean the posts, it can't be anything too major!


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Old 05-13-2002, 12:34   #2 (permalink)
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-ve on -ve, +ve on +ve? If it has gas, check that no small wires dropped. It has to be something to the starter if nothing is happening at all. The brake fail light should always come on when the car is at 'ignition', just before the stage where it turns over.
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Old 05-13-2002, 12:58   #3 (permalink)
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Some people are just TSFW(too stupid for words)

Dumb, dumber, and dumbiest,

I was pulling my hair out, checking fusibles, relays, and more and nothing was working. Then my uncle came over and watched and said, "Well, it is plain and simple, no juice to the starter!" Then it clicked, when I pulled the earth from the engine mount on the block, I noticed that the bolts were finger loose, not cool, so I tightened them up and decided that I would check the mount on the passenger side of the engine and well, they were so loose, that one them had actually fallen out!! Really not cool!! When I was tightening up the bolts on the mount I pulled the red relay wire off the back of the starter, and forgot to put it back on! So.....

The only thing I can say is that everyone needs to keep a close eye on their engine mounts, especially if you just recently acquired it.

Sometimes it is just too easy,

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