I have a recently restored '66 LTD. I was attempting to rig a new switch
for the A/C compressor and now the car will not start. It just clicks. I
replaced the battery and it still will not start. I am thinking that I
might have fried the solenoid. Does that sound likely? Any answers will be
It's doubtful that you "fried" the starter solenoid. Make sure the battery is
charged and that all of the cable connections are clean and tight. Your solenoid
(actually starter relay) has 4 terminals. The large terminals are Battery+ and
Starter. The small terminal closest to the Battery+ cable is the Start terminal.
small terminal closest to the starter cable is the Bypass terminal. (it supplies
battery voltage to the ignition while cranking).
To test it:
1). Jumper the Battery+ terminal to the small Start terminal, the starter
engage. If so the solenoid is working properly add the problem is in the wiring
the ignition switch. If not:
2). Jump across the Battery + terminal and the Starter terminal (both big
the starter engages the solenoid is likely bad. If it doesn't engage, the
in the starter itself.
Why are you trying to rig a switch for the AC compressor? There is only one
in the original circuit, on the heater\AC control head. Power comes from the
switch, through the AC switch, to the compressor. It shouldn't be difficult to
it. IIRC, the AC switch is available as a repro.If not, check E-bay. Your 66 is
car, I've had 3 of them. Galaxie fastback, Galaxie XL, and currently a 7 Litre.
like to see you do it right and am familiar with these cars, so If I can be of
assistance let me know.
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