Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
This is on my other car (71 422).
On the way to a car club meeting, the decided not to start, just sat there and clicked. Got a jump, tapped the starter, still no go.
Then, replaced the starter, no go
replaced the horn/starter relay, no go
replaced the wire from the battery to relay, no go
Examined the battery cable, (new) ok
with all of the trying to start, the ignition switch broke
Finally took it to a buddy who has an automotive shop, (he had to rebuild the column got the ignition working.)
He played with some wiring, recrimped a connection, and all of a sudden it began to start ok. He doesn't know what he did.
Took the car home, tried to start it this am, won't start. (same old thing, just sits there and clicks)
I used jumper cable from the negitive terminal on the battery to a bolt on the intake manifold, doesn,t help, so it looks like the ground is good.
When we had the starter out, we hooked the positive cable to it and it worked ok. so it seems the battery to starter cable is ok.
I jumped from the battery to the relay, no go.
I don't know what to check next. I am really flumoxed.
When I try to start it, the volt meter shows only a one volt drop so it looks like the starter is engaging but not starting.
Could the battery have an intermitten short? But wouldn't jumping it get by that problem? Maybe I should have the battery load tested.
Am open to any troubleshooting tips.
1968 Chevelle SS396, 4 spd
1971 Olds 442, 461, th400
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