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Unread 08-08-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default car will not start

My car will not start seams to be an intermittent problem. no cranking of engine.

I have a switch that i have to hold to the on position then turn the key to get the car to start (added by previous owner)

one day the car wouldn't start so i jumped 2 wires that hook into a something on the clutch pedal under the dash. I think it is the safety switch. car fired up.

two weeks ago my car wouldn't start. tried jumping the same wires nothing. put the wires back and replaced the starter car still wouldn't start. removed the 2 wires again and hooked them permanently together and the car fired right up.

car will not start again. I kind of wiggled my foot on the clutch peddal and it started to turn over but about half a second to short to start.

Any suggestion?

i want to try to replace the ignition switch is this easy?
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Unread 08-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Bypass the clutch safety switch and see what she does.
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With a grounded test light, touch one of the wires at the clutch switch while you turn the key. You should see power at that time. If not then you have an ignition switch problem. If you do have power and it won't crank when you jump the wires at the switch, then something down stream is the problem.

When it won't start do you have power to the reat of teh car? If not then you may have problems at the heavy gauge red wires near the starter. Their are fusible links in there and on old Chevys the links get weak and burn out. Again, using a grounded test light you can poke the wire on each side of the fusible link and see if you have power on both sides.
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