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Old 10-29-2005, 06:11 PM
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73 Jeep Commando no start

I picked up a client car the other day, drove 4 miles and the alt light and burning insulation smell got to me at the same time. I pulled over, opened the hood, and saw the insulation on the alt wire was non-existent. So, I coiled it up, and drove the remaining 4 miles. I parked it and later, restarted it to get to my garage. I replaced the alt wire, rerouting it away from the block. Tried to start it today and I get one click from the Ford type starter relay (in the run position) and no starter crank. All electrical accessories (lights,radio,turn signals) work. If I jump the battery directly to the starter I have cranking. I don't know where to go from here. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:34 PM
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Doc here,

Check the start side of the ignition switch..

Put a meter, or light, or (If working by yourself) jump a wire to the horn (you can hear it when it energizes) on the "S" line on the solenoid..you SHOULD have 12 volts in the "Start" position, and it should drop out when you return the key to run..If not, your short may have damaged the switch..

Also be sure to check ALL the fuse links..your Alternator SHOULD have had one..If not I'd put one on that line...

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Old 10-29-2005, 09:25 PM
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Doc,
Thanks for the reply....that's were I was going next....but....
I took my jumper cables and hooked up to the starter lug and hit the batt pos..It kicked...After that I can turn the key and it's reality again.
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Doc here,

Fine job....thanks for posting back and letting us know..

Sounds like you may have a sticking relay or burned contacts..if it ever happens again..

Happy Motoring!

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