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Old 10-03-2005, 02:11 PM
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ignition wont work

my ignition doesnt even act like there is a battery in it. the pos to the starter is bolted in right and everything is fine but when i switch the ignition to turn it on nothing happens. i have power to the battery...my horn works but not my lights. i had to hotwire my car to get it home from the 12v power in to the HEI to the pos battery is it my ignition or starter solenoid

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Old 10-03-2005, 03:15 PM
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It could be either one. To check the solinoid, turn the key to the on position and take a screwdriver and short the solinoid( Jump across from batt cable post on solinoid to the s terminal) if it starts...its the solinoid. If it dosen't then its probably your ignition switch.
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Fuse links

Doc here,

Also check your fuse links coming off the starter solenoid ..

With both the HEI dead, and the lights not working, one or more may be open.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:42 PM
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the hei isnt dead if i run a spliced wire from the 12v lead to the positive on the battery the electric fan starts and i can turn the key just like normal and the ignition starts the motor
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the hei isnt dead if i run a spliced wire from the 12v lead to the positive on the battery the electric fan starts and i can turn the key just like normal and the ignition starts the motor
Doc here,

Then the HEI power IS dead!

All your doing by jumping BACKWARD through HEI power lead, is reverse powering the system...

Instead of picking up power through the fuse link (if so equipped) at the starter solenoid main battery cable terminal, your backfeeding the system through the HEI power lead and feeding the ignition switch, hence everything turns on in lieu of the proper way, through the fuse link..

Without power to the Ignition, from the solenoid (10 ga purple or pink) to the "Hot AT all times" position on the switch, your "Start" function will not have 12 volts on it in start, and the starter won't crank..

Check the fuse link, If you have one, you'll find it is open. If you don't have one, you'll find the purple or pink 10 ga wire from the solenoid is loose, broken or burned up..

Because the system reverse fed works, It eliminates all other possibility's of bad parts..or wires, It can ONLY be that wire that is bad..Switch is good, solenoid is good, wires in-between are good, because it all plays when you add power (HEI power) to the whole system.

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Old 10-05-2005, 06:27 AM
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you're the man doc
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Old 10-06-2005, 03:07 PM
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doc one more question i havent had time to fix it yet ive been working and i threw a switch in between the battery and the splice is it bad to use the car for one day like this? i really need to drive it tomarrow becuase i broke my saab....
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doc one more question i havent had time to fix it yet ive been working and i threw a switch in between the battery and the splice is it bad to use the car for one day like this? i really need to drive it tomarrow becuase i broke my saab....
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Doc here,

Be real Careful, use a 10 gauge wire preferably with a fuse link on it..for that one day, but , yeah you should be OK for 1 day, but this is not the recommended way to do it...

We all have to do what we have to do...to get by..just be careful, if it is an original link that went bad..something caused that to happen!

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doc still the same problem i think its the ignition switch becuase i checked the two little wires no problem....checked the pos batt cable changed it...still doing the same thing when i turn the switch i rigged in on it shows gen light in dash and the electric fan turns on... then i turn the ignition to on the light goes away go one more to start and the car starts im about to just replace everything the ignition switch works fine the starter works fine so is it the 12v from the hei to the fusebox the fuse is fine to the left of where i would plug it in
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Doc here,

Not sure what you have now...

Are you saying you have a second switch to control the ignition and one for "start" function only controlled by the key?

If thats the case , you may have the second switch hooked to a switched source for power..which WOULD go out in "Start"...It would only remain on if hooked to a direct battery source..(like a secondary ignition circuit in a stock app..)

Other than that, It may be as you said, bad switch contacts..

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