Out of the blue, I turned the key and the started jerked and stopped.
Next turn solenoid clicked only. After that no sound on turning key.
No radio, panel lights, headlights, etc. My guess at this point is that
there is a bad negative ground.
No ongoing symptoms before today. Battery is new and checks out as
fully charged. Voltage OK at the solenoid relay on the inside wall.
Searched last night for a main fuse or fusible links. Wiring diagrams
show them but do not tell where to look for them. I assume close to the
battery -- will spend some time now looking and TS with a meter.
Any other suggestions?
Update from today....
I turned the key this morning and it started right up. When I got back
home, I turned it off and on a few times and started each time without
This morning the clock showed 5:30. When power is restored, the clock
starts at 12:00. This means that the power was restored to the clock
about the time I stopped troubleshooting yesterday. Last thing I did
yesterday before locking it up was try to start it and all was dead,
including panel, radio, lights, etc. Unless slamming the door jiggled a
connection, I don't know what would have caused it. It would not be a
heat-related problem because the engine was never started that day.
I don't want to go driving around town not knowing what the problem is
but I'm stumped now.
So I guess what I'm looking for is some things to check the next time
it won't start.