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Re: starter problem

To: Rick Huber <>
Subject: Re: starter problem
From: Steve Patchel <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 07:17:11 -0800
At 09:15 AM 1/24/96 EST, you wrote:
>hi gang,
>the response a month or two ago to my question about the speedo cable was so
>rapid and helpful, i figure i'll try again.  after almost 3 years of relatively
>trouble free daily driving in my '68 b, i've run up against my first electrical
>problem.  yesterday i turned the key, got the red light and fuel pump to click,
>and then turned to start and nothing.  a friend push started me, and i drove
>home.  at home the starter worked twice, and i decided to check the battery
>terminals.  yep, corrosion on one.  cleaned it, started it a couple of times,
>and thought i'd fixed it.  this morning in the cold it cranked normally for
>or five seconds twice, then on the third turn of the key, dead again.  i'm
>thinking an intermittent ignition switch, starter solenoid short, starter dead
>spot, or just a short somewhere in the system. battery seems strong even though
>it's old, normal cranking and then nothing - so i've counted it out.  i'll
>probably try to dig into it tonight, any comments would be appreciated.
>rick huber
>'68 b daily driver

Suggest you also check the wire connections at the starter. They are exposed
to a lot "nasty stuff" and do need periodic attention. These connections
have been a source of problems over the 24 years I've owned my 71 B.
Regardless of the what turns out to be the "real" problem, ensure these
connections are sound especially the wire to connector junction.

>From your description it could be any of the items you described, switch,
solenoid,etc. and I leave that to people much more knowledgeable than me.
Could it be your car is just painted the "wrong color" and is having a
midlife crisis?

Hope this helps

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