> You missed a clue Grant. He said "... turn of the key yielded only ..."
> Sounds like he has a solenoid system, not a foot starter.
> If all of Grant's other very good troubleshooting suggestions
> do not solve your problem you can either replace or (if you are
> incredibly cheap like me) fix the solenoid yourself.
> I learned how to double the life of a solenoid from a Chevy
> mechanic in the early sixties.
> Remove the solenoid from the starter.
> Remove the plastic end cap from the solenoid.
> Turn the 2 large studs in the cap a half turn which will
> expose new unused contact surface. These studs have a
> square shoulder under the head that allows them to be installed
> in any of 4 positions, but only 2 positions will work correctly.
> Make sure you turn them a half turn.
> Use emery cloth (several steps coarse to fine) on the copper
> alloy disk removing the pitted/corroded/arched material.
> Re-assemble and re-install on the vehicle.
> Most of the time the solenoid will be as good as new. Of course
> someone may have already done this once, in which case you probably
> need a new solenoid.
Before you buy a new solenoid... I've found another
method...find another solenoid and remove a good bolt from it
and install it in yours!!!!
Just a trick another old mechanic (me) found by being
resourceful...It must be the irish (Mc Icver) in me!
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