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Re: Using handbrake starts engine?

To: "Paul Hunt" <>
Subject: Re: Using handbrake starts engine?
From: Tab Julius <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 11:01:47
Gee, what a nice surprise when you're in the garage and in gear...

At 01:41 PM 12/11/99 -0000, Paul Hunt wrote:
>That's right.  If it goes short it allows power from the green on the brake
>pressure failure circuits to energise the starter relay.  The symptom is
>that the starter starts cranking as soon as you turn on the ignition, or at
>least, keeps cranking after the car has started, unless the handbrake is
>off.  The diode is on the RHS firewall and has one white/red on its negative
>end and two green/oranges on its positive end.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Tab Julius <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Friday, December 10, 1999 10:00 PM
>Subject: Using handbrake starts engine?
>> I found this NAMGBR technote and want to make sure I understand it
>> properly....
>> "Also, in the 1977 - 1980 models, a failure of the brake warning light
>> diode can allow the engine to start when the handbrake is pulled UP!"
>> That is, the diode bites the dust, then one day you pull up the handbrake
>> and the engine starts?  Maybe the tales of Lucas aren't all that
>> after all...  Sheesh.
>> - Tab
>> '78 B
>> Checking my diodes...

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