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Old 09-27-2010, 02:32 PM
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Help with 1958 chevy Apache. Please!!!

I have a 1958 apache with the 235 6 cyl 12 volt truck. It's a foot pedal start. Everytime I push the foot pedal I lose all power to the truck. The Battery load checks good and have swapped it. Sometimes when I lose power I still have power up to the Ing sw, sometimes I don't. Also sometimes if I jump it from another car it will have power, turn over and start, sometimes no power at all, as soon as I shut it off it's dies when I push the foot pedal again. I'm sure this is a short but I'm no electrician.
When I remove the Battery cable and power in to the truck cable from the starter the power in cable shows continuity to ground. Is that normal? could this be a shorted starter?Thanks Perry

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The foot operated starting switch is floorboard mounted and linked to the starter or mounted on the starter.
When the starting switch is pressed it manually engages the starter pinion gear with the flywheel ring gear. This switch also makes the electrical connection to the starter motor.
First check the cable that connects to the foot switch. When you press the foot switch the cable may be shorting to ground. This could be internal in the foot switch. It may need to removed and disassembled to determine if it is at fault.
Check all cables for good clean connections.
It could be a bad starter.
Possibly you can test the starter by connecting the battery directly to the starter while someone presses the foot switch. Make sure the foot switch in pressed before connecting the battery.

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