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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-25-1999, 11:36 PM
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dead bronco needs YOUR help

ok heres the story, after removing the bumper in my 90 f/s bronco and cutting holes to put tow hooks through, and replacing the wouldnt start. it was dead. Everytime i turn the key...nothing, no clicking, no cranking, no start. The battery is fine. We even jump started it just in case...but no luck. I even jumped the clicked a few times...and then quit clicking alltogether. nothing...dead. i turn the key...and nothing happens. I replaced the starter a few months ago with a rebuilt one. so i dont think thats the problem...could it be something ignition related????? any insight will be appreciated!!!


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-25-1999, 11:50 PM
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Re: dead bronco needs YOUR help

The possibilities are endless. Here's something to start with

1. Check the ground, see if the lights turn on or the horn.

2. Cycle the shifter from p to 1 then back, sometimes the safety doesn't disengage.

3. Whack the starter with a 3lb hammer, even though you changed it a few months ago.

Hope this helps, it does when mine won't start.


post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-26-1999, 10:11 PM
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Re: dead bronco needs YOUR help

Okay, Roland, if it's still dead after you tried Bravomans good suggestions:

By chance did you disconnect the ground wire from negative battery over to the fender, and not re-connect it?

The low-current control part of the start circuit is from 12 volts, through a fuse somewhere, thru Ignition Switch, thru Clutch Switch (if manual!), thru Trans. Switch, out a thin wire over to the Starter Relay on the Pass. side fender (its the wire by itself, with a boot on it).

The wire with the boot puts 12 volts on the relay coil. The other end of the relay coil is connected internally to the relay's metal mounting plate. That's how the relay coil picks up its ground, thru the fender. Try running a jumper from the metal plate to Negative Battery and try to start.

When the relay pulls, it connects the two bigger stud terminals together, to put battery down to the starter's solenoid.

Just putting a big screwdriver across the two big studs (don't let it touch the fender, and trans in PARK or Neutral with BRAKE ON!) should kick in the starter, as you and the screwdriver will act as the control switch, relay, etc.

Let us know how you make out! UncleDon

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