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Old 07-05-2010, 03:17 PM
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afternoon guys, need some expertise. have had my bird for over 8 years and never a problem until saturday. went to a car show and when ready to leave, would not start,absolutely nothing except a horn and power seat.only way i could get home was to hook a jumper wire from the coil to the battery post and cross over the starter solenoid. suspecting a ground but checked that, and now thinking that i recall the power goes thru the headlight switch to the ignition switch. any thoughts,or diagnosis? thanks
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:28 PM
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Sorry for your bad trip but you did persevere! That is an accomplishment.

First, the wiring diagrams are at

http://squarebirds.org/Diagrams-Sche...rams/index.htm

Second, I know the headlight switch is always hot, regardless of the key being on, so I know it comes before the ignition switch. Given that, I would see if the brake lights work, dome lights work, headlights etc.

If you want more detail on the headlight switch, I wrote up some at http://users.wpi.edu/~goulet/TBird/H...%20Repairs.htm

You can get at some of this by removing your Fuel/Temp gauge, which does not take long.

Check the ballast resistor to see if it died, also to see if there is any voltage at it with the key On.



Keep us posted!

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Old 07-05-2010, 03:50 PM
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thank you john, never thought about the ballast resistor. just perplexed why i have nothing, not even gen. and oil light, headlites, nothing at all.will check the ballast immediately.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:07 PM
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a dead ballast would only account for it not running, but not the loss of instrument lights and so on . . . I wonder if you have a connection from the headlight switch to the ignition switch (or if the ignition switch somehow has failed internally).

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Old 07-05-2010, 08:16 PM
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Check the thick yellow wire where it goes through the firewall on the drivers side. I've seen them go bad right at the connector.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:09 PM
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thats exactly what it was!!! found it after pulling instrument panel out. oh well, good experience. thanks for all the response.
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