Starter not turning on 86 - Power goes out after “click” in START position
Posted 22 July 2018 - 09:12 AM
Some additional troubleshooting notes:
- 86 5-spd vehicle.
- When I turn to START position, sometimes I get a “click” at starter, sometimes not, but ALWAYS have to remove battery pos connection to get power back to vehicle.
- I had an incident a week or two back where the radio intermittently turned on and off over and over again until I pulled the radio fuse (maybe related with ignition switch).
I’m off to re-inspect connections, ign fuse link, grounds. There has to be a hint to the issue with me needing to cycle battery power in order to get power back in car in the ON position.
Is the ignition switch easy to swap out? I don’t know if I have a spare other than in my 89, but if it’s a quick swap, may be worth checking.
Posted 22 July 2018 - 10:13 AM
I was going to swap over a known good ignition switch, but cant figure out how to get to the top screw on the ignition switch mounted to the tumbler. The steering column blocks the top small screw to the ignition switch.
Edited by Matt888, 22 July 2018 - 10:13 AM.
Posted 22 July 2018 - 10:26 AM
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Posted 22 July 2018 - 02:23 PM
Will report back with updates.
Edited by Matt888, 22 July 2018 - 02:24 PM.
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Posted 22 July 2018 - 07:27 PM
Thanks Scott, as you can see working out a few issues before sending you the goods for a plug n play. Once I get this sorted out, Ill install my new AEM wideband and ship out to you. Probably a week or two more.
Posted 23 July 2018 - 08:09 PM
I then, with the starter out of the car and the starter leads hanging safely away from each other and the chassis, went to the START position with the key and as always, lost all power inside the vehicle.
There’s a distinct click coming from the ECU area. I will need to review the FSM further, but is there a relay somewhere above the ECU?
In the daylight tomorrow, Ill inspect the ignition fuse link further. Maybe it’s compromised even though it appears to be in good shape visually. Ill do a continuity check and maybe swap in a piece of wire in it’s place to do a one-time test.
Thoughts? Anyone else ever have something like this happen? Alarm system relay? Could someone possibly test what their car does if you try to start it with it activated? (Do you lose all power to vehicle for example)
Edited by Matt888, 23 July 2018 - 08:31 PM.
Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:03 PM
Edited by croquest87, 23 July 2018 - 09:09 PM.
Posted 24 July 2018 - 07:50 PM
I was able to replicate the initial problem and fix it by moving the jumper cables around, so planning on replacing the battery terminals before claiming victory...
Posted 25 July 2018 - 08:01 AM
while your at it clean every terminal end you can find.
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Posted 27 July 2018 - 07:53 PM
Now to move on to the next fix... the nut on top of the steering gear box is leaking.
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