Join Date: Sep 1998
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Weird starter situation
My '72 ElCamino has been parked for several months and it now time for an emissions test. So I did the usual fluid level checks and all that and started it up. When cycling the shift lever (350 turbo, column shift) I get a nasty noise going from neutral to drive. It sounds like the starter engaging.
So next I shut off the engine, turn the key to "on" and cycle the shift lever and the engine starts. (Without turning the key to "start"). Another weird thing is that when I turn the key very slowly to "start" the lights come on on the dash but the starter does not crank. Turning the key quickly starts it just fine.
Thinking that the ignition switch is providing power to the safety switch I figured that I mis adjusted the ignition switch when I replaced both early this year. Turning the key the slightest amount toward "off" immediately shuts off the engine.
So,, does this indicate a bad ignition switch that is powering the starter at all times? Or something else?
This problem did not exist back a couple months ago when I stored it in the garage. Everything was fine until today. I am very puzzled.
Last edited by LevonH; Jun 24th, 18 at 9:54 AM.