Sitting still - Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2007, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
Senior Texas Member
Gold Subscriber
 
Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 1,453
Sitting still

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,
Bill

Get out there and DRIVE !

Bill ("Plays well with others")
1978 Spider Veloce
Bill is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2007, 07:40 AM
Senior Member
Platinum Subscriber
 
Roadtrip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Rapid City SD, Black Hills of South Dakota, Queens NY
Posts: 8,355
Send a message via Skype™ to Roadtrip
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.

John Stewart
74 Spider
91 164S
Roadtrip is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-20-2007, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
Senior Texas Member
Gold Subscriber
 
Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 1,453
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

Get out there and DRIVE !

Bill ("Plays well with others")
1978 Spider Veloce
Bill is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-20-2007, 08:12 AM
Registered User
 
Keyspider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Irvine, California
Posts: 771
Hi Bill,
Sounds just like what mine did.
Here:
Complete electrical failure... solved!

I could not believe it either!

Red 1974 Spider (Restoring!)
Blue 1974 Spider (Polishing)
Keyspider is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome