No start/no dash lights

80elky

80elky

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Jun 23, 2019
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So the other day I was replacing the wiper motor on my 80 el camino and when I got done I tested it and it worked fine, so I turned the key off. A little bit later I tried to start it and nothing happened, no dash lights or radio or anything. The battery is brand new and fully charged, the alternator is brand new, I got the starter tested and it was fine. I tested some of the fuses on the panel and got power to the courtesy lamp and such but none of the others. I suspect the ignition switch or a faulty wire somewhere. Has anyone had a similar issue and how would I test the ignition switch?
 
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81Regal

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Check the fusable link at the starter.
 
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TURNA

TURNA

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Right underneath the wiper motor is the rear of the fuse panel.

You may have nicked something. start jiggling wires and see if u get power back

If not I would agree with 81Regal
 
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81Regal

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That is only 1 of the wires, another goes to the fuseblock/ignition switch.
 
pontiacgp

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it takes alot to burn a fusible link, I would remove the wiper motor to have a good look at the wiring to the fuse block
 
80elky

80elky

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That is only 1 of the wires, another goes to the fuseblock/ignition switch.
I have three wires leaving the starter, one is a thick red one, a brownish/beige one, and a black one. The brown one wasn't even hooked up to anything, the red one ran to the fuse box and I don't know where the black one goes. Sorry I know I'm making this a little difficult but the guy who owned it before me swapped the engine and the wiring is kind of a mess so it's hard to work through.
 
pontiacgp

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1 fusible link red wire goes to the fuse box, the other fusible link red wire goes to the alternator
 
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81Regal

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The black one is likely the purple wire that feeds power to the starter solenoid.
 
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81Regal

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This might help
 
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