i put a new battery and new starter in my 79 chevy pickup. now my my
gauegues on my instrument cluster wont come on my motor wont turn over.
thte only thing i got is a dome light.i checked the fuse link in the
ignition wire and its good i cchecked all the fuese and they were all
good. please help asap
I think there is a separate red wire at the positive battery cable
connection (at the battery). It didn't break or become disconnected by
any chance did it? Did you clean the cable ends good? Cables on the
correct posts? Just some things to check....
If you disconnected the battery cables to install the starter the small
wire on the positive cable still could have broken off or become
disconnected or maybe it's not making good contact.
There may also be a small wire with a large end that fits on the same
post on the starter that the battery cable fastens to. It sounds like
there is a wire that isn't connected somewhere.
yeah i know what wire you are talking about . there is a fuse link in it, i
got a test light and checked on each side of it and there both hot. so the
sarter is geting power and htere is power comin out of it and i followed
the wire along the fire wall and it comes in at the fuse bow i am getting
power up until the fuse box but there isnow power comin out of the fuse box
except the dome light wire sounds like its someing in the fuse box but what
would make all the wires have no juice. thnks for all the input so far ist
starteing to make me think about the things i have done to try to get it
fixed. please respond
What happens to the dome light when you try to start the truck (turn the
If it goes out, you have a short between the bat and the starter, or the
battery isn't any good , maybe broken post inside the new battery, perhaps
dropped by someone at the store? Has it ever started with this battery? swap
it out or jump and see what happens, could be the ignition switch too.
i replaced the battery the day before i replaced the starter and it was
turning over but the starter was bot letting it start so i got a new one
and the old one had half the gear broke so i know it needed one. but like
i said i put the battery in the dayy before and it was turning over o i
know it was good plus if it wasent i wouldnt have a dome light. doubt
theres a short between the bat and starter cuase i looked the wire over
good. thanks for th ideas guys keep sending
On my 80 Chevy C10, I had almost the same problem when I replaced the
starter except even the dome light wouldn't work. Turned out that the big
cable running from the positive terminal of the battery to the starter
solenoid was loose (I thought it was tight but it wasn't). Tightened it at
the solenoid and everything was joy once again.
Yes you could have a dome light with a bad pole internal to the battery, it
only takes about 200 milliamps to turn on that dome light, could do that
with a potato and a couple nails almost. As long as you are certain you or
anyone else didn't break the pole internally, on your "new" battery, then
Does the dome light or better yet - your headlights, extinguish when you try
to crank the starter? If it does, you either are loading the battery with a
short, or the battery is failing through a bad connecton internal or
no questions about that.
If the dome light stays lit, you are not completing the starting circuit.
You got to start somewhere. key switch, no ground, bad wires, or bad
connection. and by the way, the "resistive wire " doesn't play any part in
the cranking circuit. just the primary ignition circuit. You can cut it and
it will still crank over, just not start.
Just because its new doesn't mean its good either. I had to chase down a
problem I had with a brand new chrome coil that left me driving 30 MPH tops
for over 50 miles last year.
give us some more symptoms too, you don't call your doctor and say I'm sick,
but I been drinking OJ and taking aspirin, what's wrong?
Does it click when you turn the key?
Can you take the starter out and hot jump it to see if it turns over?
Resistance reading between the little terminals on the solenoid and motor
You do have a ground between the motor and the battery? is there 12V at the
big cable both ends to ground?
>>> Sounds sarcastic, but here goes, I doubt you did anything
wrong, problem sounds like new starter has bad solenoid.
Remove starter, hook up jumper cables to big terminal, and ground
NEG to starter housing. Use a jumper, or screwdriver, and short to "
inner " S terminal. Hold starter with foot, it will jump when
energized. Starter jumps, = OK no jump = no good
hey i just want to tell you i took it out and tryed it like you said and it
sparked and kicked tell you the truth it scared the bejesus out of me but
it does work so now im gonna hook it back up but before i do im goin to
look for any shorts under there ty for advice.... anymore?
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