I just installed a new temperature gauge in my '69 vette. To test the
gauge, I tried to start my car. The engine turned over about three
times, without starting. This is not unusual since the car has been
setting up for almost two weeks. However, when I turned the ignition
key again, I got nothing. Even my interior lights didn't come on. The
clock wasn't working. Nothing was working.
My battery was low. So, I recharged the battery. However, I still get
no current in the car. No fuse appears to be blown. And nothing seemed
to be burning. Does anyone have any ideas as to what my problem is?
I concur, check/clean the battery cable connections at both ends, and also
check/wiggle the main cable connector(s) on the firewall where the cables
connect into the body... not sure exactly where that is on a C3, on a C2
there are 2 large engine-side cables that plug into receptacles near
steering column goes through the firewall. If the negative battery cable is
attached to the frame, make sure the engine has an intact ground cable to
the frame also.
Been awhile, but as I recall the battery on the C3 of that vintage is behind
the seat. So, a cable problem can be magnified. But, given the age of the
wiring, it could be that something was broken during the replacement of the
temp guage. Electrical problems can be very difficult to find -- I suppose
I would start with a multi-meter to check voltage -- perhaps at the fuse
panel to see if anything is coming through.
After you check all the points everyone else have given you, try this. Take
a set of jumper cables from the battery to the starter and the engine block.
Try again. If nothing, find the fusible links for the car. I believe on
'69, they moved them down to the starter solenoid. In '68, they were on the
voltage regulator on the driver side inner fender but '69 has an internally
Use a test light or volt meter to check across the link for voltage. The
connection look like a small Tootsie Roll in the wire. The fusible link is
actually the wire from the Tootsie Roll to the connector, usually like 4 or
6 inches long. It is simply a smaller gauge wire, for example, if the main
wire is #12, the link may be #16.
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