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When I turn the key, the ignition light comes on (red) but all I here is 6 quick "clicks" and then the red light fades. I cannot get the car to repeat the "clicks" for at least 2 minutes after first hearing them.

 

I have a 1975 2002 with Petronix ignition installed. It is 32 degrees here right now in Oregon, but I keep my car in a garage at 45 degrees.

 

I have started and driven my car without fail every day for the last week. Last night the hazards switch (damn thing) engaged itself and killed my battery completely overnight.

 

I fixed the hazard switch and have tried jumping my car, but with no luck. The alarm system is on the fritz, which may be a factor.. I don't know.

 

Thanks,

     -Carter

 

 

EDIT: I should add that when trying to hill-start the car, the car would not start.

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Dead battery? Do any of the electrics work?

 

EDIT: Check the water level in the battery cells (if applicable). Charge the battery.

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Try turning the key to start while you have the headlights on.  If the headlights dim, then see the following paragraph.  If they stay bright and the clicking starts, once you've check the cables for tightness and cleanliness (see following paragraph) I'd suspect the starter motor.

 

Either bad battery or poor connections with the main battery cables--check for clean tight connections at the two terminals on the battery, and the other ends of the positive lead (at the starter) and both ground straps--the big one that grounds to the engine block and the smaller one that grounds to the body.

 

mike

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Dead battery? Do any of the electrics work?

 

EDIT: Check the water level in the battery cells (if applicable). Charge the battery.

 

Not dead, lights, alarm, and stereo work after charging the battery... I think it may be the alarm switch as it is constantly triggered (it thinks the car is being broken into) and that may prevent the ignition signal from reaching the starter?

I should add that when trying to hill-start the car, the car would not start.

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Naw, your battery is toaster strudel. 

Stuffy a voltmeter onto it, and crank it, and I bet you a pop tart

that you see the battery drop to 4 volts.

 

It's classic.

 

Unfortunately.

 

It takes a ton of current to spin the starter,

and if the battery can't deliver that, it does exactly

what you describe.

 

btdt too many times to remember.

 

t

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Above is picture of open terminal I found on engine... I'm not sure if this is related?


Naw, your battery is toaster strudel. 

Stuffy a voltmeter onto it, and crank it, and I bet you a pop tart

that you see the battery drop to 4 volts.

 

It's classic.

 

Unfortunately.

 

It takes a ton of current to spin the starter,

and if the battery can't deliver that, it does exactly

what you describe.

 

btdt too many times to remember.

 

t

Thank you, I will take in battery to the Schwab tomorrow and get it replaced as it is under warranty

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Naw, your battery is toaster strudel. 

Stuffy a voltmeter onto it, and crank it, and I bet you a pop tart

that you see the battery drop to 4 volts.

 

It's classic.

 

Unfortunately.

 

It takes a ton of current to spin the starter,

and if the battery can't deliver that, it does exactly

what you describe.

 

btdt too many times to remember.

 

t

damn, 4.71 volts...

 

What address are these poptarts heading too? (all I have is brown sugar sorry)

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damn, 4.71 volts..
 

 

That would be great if you had a 6 volt '67; for a 12 volt car, not so good...

 

Glad it was an easy find/fix.

 

mike

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Just my opinion --ditch the alarm. It will only complicate things. If you are really worried about your car getting stolen there are simpler ways to render it inoperable such as pulling the spark plug wire between the coil and distributor, or if you want to be stealth about it just pull the rotor. Both fit into a bag/pocket easily or can be hidden away somewhere in the car. 

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What?  I was off by almost a volt!   That's not accurate at all!  <grin>

 

No, the backstory is that I HATE buying batteries, and will nurse them along

when sane people would have replaced them years ago.  So I've got far

too much experience with exactly how they die ...

 

t

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Just my opinion --ditch the alarm. It will only complicate things. If you are really worried about your car getting stolen there are simpler ways to render it inoperable such as pulling the spark plug wire between the coil and distributor, or if you want to be stealth about it just pull the rotor. Both fit into a bag/pocket easily or can be hidden away somewhere in the car. 

Threw away the cheap alarm... Good thinking to pull coil wire. I will probably use this in Portland, or detach the small wire to starter solenoid (however that allows for hillstart still)

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What?  I was off by almost a volt!   That's not accurate at all!  <grin>

 

No, the backstory is that I HATE buying batteries, and will nurse them along

when sane people would have replaced them years ago.  So I've got far

too much experience with exactly how they die ...

 

t

Thanks again, running strong. new first step when car won't start is to test the battery HAHA

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