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Re: Starting Problem

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Subject: Re: Starting Problem
From: Chad Cooper <>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 18:57:44 -0600
Solenoid is correct...
If you take the solenoid apart (not fun, but it can be done) you will find
basically a copper cylindrical piece that forms the electromagnet of the
solenoid.  This thing gets carbon and other stuff built up on it it, (carbon and
other stuff = resistance) clean it with contact cleaner spray, and sand it
lightly with 400 grit sandpaper, reinstall, and it will work for a long time to
'72 B Daily Driver

Steve Bettencourt wrote:

> Ross,
> I suspect it would be the solenoid. Mechanically it works - you can hear it
> click - but the contacts inside may be shot or the contacts for the wires
> to the starter are corroded/ing. Check the connections at the starter also.
> If it is the solenoid it should be a pretty easy fix. When I bought my 76
> parts car recently, it had a push button stuck in the center part of the
> console. Turns out the PO went to a lot of trouble to bypass the solenoid,
> connecting the switch between the key and the starter. After cleaning the
> contacts on the solenoid I got that system working, the engine starts
> normally and now I have slated the parts car for eventual restoration.
> At 06:28 PM 2/10/98 -0500, "RossOvercash" <> wrote:
> >Ok folks this happens on an occasional basis, but as with most occasional
> >happenings it is never at a good time!
> >
> >Get in car insert key in ignition switch turn key, idiot ligth comes on fuel
> >pump is working, but guess what?  The starter doesn't turn over.  A clicking
> >noise from the relay next to the fuse box is it.  Fiddle with the key a few
> >times and if I'm lucky the car will turn over.  If I'm not I lie down on the
> >passengers side and jump the terminal from the solenoid to the hot wire from
> >the battery an bingo she turns over.
> >
> >Now the Prince of Darkness has got me here.  I realize this is something
> >electrical, ie not the starter motor per se. (Thank God, I've gone through
> >enough of those).  But I can't for the life of me figure it out.  It
> >happened again this morning.  I started the car warmed it up a bit pulled
> >out of the drive, parked the car, came back 5 minutes later and guess what
> >you got it no start.
> >
> >So if any one has a brilliant or not so brilliant suggestion I will be happy
> >to take them...
> >
> >Safety Fast !!!
> >
> >Ross Overcash, 74B, NAMGBR 2-1172, Ayer MA
> >
> >
> >
> Steve Bettencourt
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