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Old 05-19-2007, 08:08 AM
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Got in this morning to take a drive and after turning it on to get the pump going and then a quick crank and no start, I turned it off to try again. This time turned the switch and no pump, crank, click. Tried the lights which are unswitched, no lights. No horn. No interior or underhood lights. I have nothing from the battery. Battery sits at 12.7 v right now. Checked the main ground and it is good and tight.

What happened, and where do I start??? Never had this before so dont know where to begin.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:40 AM
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Bill - Check the main battery cable connection on the starter as well as the connectors on the top of the battery. Are the battery cables look in good condition? You know you have good voltage at the battery. Now just start going downstream until you find the incontinuity.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:54 AM
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Well that didn't take long.
Thanks RT. I went from the battery to the starter and checked all the connections going to and coming from it. Voltage was good. Everything checked out tight and good, but I went ahead and loosened the hot leads on the top, wiggled them around a little, sprayed a little electrical juice, retightened and Behold, POWER !!!
Now the only question remaining is "What the heck was that all about"? I mean I have had bad grounds and loose connections before which stopped the starter from working correctly,or the horn from blowing, or the lights from coming on, but never lost all current to everything, switched or unswitched!! Guess I'm not drinking enough Italian wine...OUT YOU **** GREMLENS !

Anyway, thanks for the help.
'Till next time,
Bill
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Old 05-20-2007, 09:12 AM
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Hi Bill,
Sounds just like what mine did.
Here:
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/electrical-chassis-lighting/27451-complete-electrical-failure-solved.html

I could not believe it either!
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