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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Ford Discussion / Starting system

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37RAGTOPMAN
08-25-2019 @ 3:16 PM
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Silverchief
try using a heavy duty battery jumper cables, like you use to jump start a car,
go from pos ground battery . directly to the frame and engine,
check engine grounds, from frame to engine, maybe loose ? clean and tight,!!
is there any difference, I suspect a bad ground, or corroded terminals
also from the starter solenoid on the one terminal pos 10-14 gauge wire should be feeding the ignition switch, light switch and radio,off of your fuse block.,
how are the fuses. check for a loose terminals
someplace there is a loose connection,or a corroded terminals . broken wire,?
go over your wiring, step by step
any photo's ?
hope this helps, 37Ragtopman

silverchief
08-26-2019 @ 10:58 AM
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Disconnected the battery yesterday, with it showing full charge. Checked it this morning and it is still showing a little over 6 volts.

However, when I tried to hook the battery back up, my newly rebuilt starter activates by itself. I pulled the push button from the dash to make sure it was not the reason, and then assumed the solenoid must be bad. Bought a new one and installed it. Same thing . Disconnecting and reconnecting the starter and solenoid is very easy and straight forward. Nothing else was touched, and all those cables and wiring are new. So now I am really lost.

silverchief
08-26-2019 @ 12:29 PM
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MG - Good thing I didn't send the pictures buddy. You would have seen the battery and starter cables hooked to the same side of the solenoid.

What was I saying about the hookup being easy and straightforward?

Duh!

MG
08-26-2019 @ 12:49 PM
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Schematic > http://vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/FH_images/FH_electrical-pics/Flathead_Electrical_wirediagram1946-48car.jpg

This message was edited by MG on 8-26-19 @ 12:51 PM

silverchief
08-30-2019 @ 1:03 PM
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Thanks MG - a very easy to read schematic.

TomO
08-31-2019 @ 7:59 AM
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4 volt reading from a 6 volt battery means the battery is discharged and will not start the car. You need to read at least 6.0 volts with no load, to start the car. If you had an open circuit in the starter, it would not even try to turn the engine.

Your voltmeter test is showing a drain, your test light may not light up at 4 volts, so it is not showing a drain.

Repeat the voltmeter test and if it still shows voltage, disconnect the wire going the clock and recheck the for a drain with the voltmeter. If you still have a drain, disconnect the stop light switch and recheck. Next I would try the dome light circuit and then all of the other wires one at a time.

Tom

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