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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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258 won't start

It was running good all day then I get home, shut her down and get ready for work and she won't start up. When I turn the ignition it sounds like it wants to start but doesn't.

So I did some researching and tried to check for spark with the screw driver method. Don't know if I did it right but I didn't see a spark.

Next step I ran a wire from my positive battery terminal to the positive wire on my coil, this is when everything went to $#!+

The pos wire leading from the coil to the splice and the one from the top of the starter solenoid to it's splice started smoking pretty bad.

So I run back to my keys and rank them out of the ignition and it didn't want to die so I knock the wire off I ran earlier and it finally kills.

I'm by no means an electrical wiz, but I think I have a bad solenoid. And by solenoid I think I mean that thing your positive battery cable runs to.

So what did I do wrong? What's broken?And how big of an idiot am I? Granted I was running late for work

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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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Were you running to get to the toilet at work? Is your toilet broke as well?
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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:12 AM   #3
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Insert "witty comment" here
I'm glad you took your time to comment

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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:14 AM   #4
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The wires will smoke when you short them out which suggests you have grounded the ignition. The ignition is not fused and for harness protection relies on the Fusible Link blowing. They are not designed to blow quickly so the wires woudl have smoked but you may have avoided damage. The wires go back to the ignition switch befoe joining on to the larger feed from the solenoid / fusible link. Any wiring damage should be confined to the section back to the switch.

It is likely that you connected the ignition to the battery negative post, are you sure you had it connected to the positive????

Now you have done it the wrong way perhaps you should invest $5 in a 12V test bulb and long leads and test the ignition.

Hook one end to the battery negative and go looking for voltage. In Run you should get a dim bulb at the coil +ve, in Start a bright bulb.

Now check the ignition module is functioning. Disconnect the light green wire from the coil -ve and hook one end to there and one to the battery positive. In Start does the bulb blink on and off? If so you have a working ignition module.

Come back with the results.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:25 AM   #5
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Can't get any work done till tomorrow afternoon, but thanks for your information/guidance and time. I'll be posting tomorrow with the results and as always more questions.

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Unread 10-17-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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Ok I checked the coil and have no light on the positive wire leading to the coil or the coil itself.

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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Think I may have sold this whole thing.
Standby.......

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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
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Ok lesson learned. It was a 30 fuse that was blown . Go figure.

So I bought over $100 worth of parts and tools. A new solenoid, msd blaster 2 coil, an electrical repair kit, and a mulitimeter.

That's my .02 for the fuse anyway.
I'm laughing out loud because on the inside it hurts.

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Unread 10-18-2013, 08:43 AM   #9
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On the bright side, you have a freshened up ignition, and you are well-prepared for the next electrical gremlin.

And there is always a next....

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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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On the bright side, you have a freshened up ignition, and you are well-prepared for the next electrical gremlin.

And there is always a next....

Matt
I hear ya on that. It'll probably be the module next.

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Unread 10-18-2013, 06:04 PM   #11
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you seem to spend a lot of time on the toilet....
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Unread 10-18-2013, 06:18 PM   #12
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It's where I get most of my work done.

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