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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit prob

My gosh ... Two months...

#1. All the innards are from a 97 Tracker. Namely: The engine, the ecm, the wiring, the gauges, the gas tank, stock intake and exhaust, ect. Everything is hooked up to spec so that I can get the SMOG NAZIs to let me register my car. I turn the key, lights come up, the relay clicks under dash.... No power to starter.

#2. I bypassed the clutch switch with a 5 amp fuse. So that is not an issue.

#3. I test-lighted the ignition switch, the wire going to the clutch switch... all good till the wire's connector at the starter. Is there another switch that my manual has neglected?

#4. I can jump the starter directly from the battery. (It's REALLY loud too, the samurai starter is working hard to crank the larger motor with the same samurai sized flywheel ~me thinks)

#5 All fuses in the banks are good (I was very suprised to discover hidden inline fuses while redoing the wire looms- how would you find them?).

#6. Could the absence of the airbags be of any consequence? (if so, just shoot me)

#7. There is a small chance that two of the return fuel lines are swapped. But that seams more of a "why won't it fire up?/pass smog" question unless it is some kind of failsafe pressure related "tank-must-have-ruptured/kill-the-motor" thing.

So much effort. I just want to ride again. Please help.

Thanks,

Jim
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Re: Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit prob

Jim,
I can't view your attachment as I get an error message now that the BBS is Netscape UN-friendly,
but, did you see if you have a large braided cable from the engine block to the body? A starter takes a lot of current and the block is usually grounded through this braided cable.

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Re: Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit prob

Thanks for the suggestion, Don.

The Tracker's cabling has a 10 gauge cable running from the intake manifold to my passenger wheel well (about 30").

The engine turns over fine (though, very loudly) it just isn't getting the voltage from the ignition that says to do so.

I was laying in bed last night when I suddenly thought, "crap! was the engine cranking backwards???" but it wasn't, I got that right too.

I am going to call the dealership hopefully tomorrow if I have the time.

If I don't come up with an answer soon, I too will have a cool "START" button on my dash. (that'll go over great with the inspectors...) Then I just have to figure out why the fuel isn't getting to where it needs to be [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Thanks again.
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Re: Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit

What did you do with the distributor?
Is it getting a crank signal from the dist to the ECM?

8v or 16v?
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Re: Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit

'97 Tracker = 16v OBDII
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Re: Swap stress! It\'s been 2 months start circuit

Yup. OBD II. It is a beauty, but had I realized all the fabrication involved, I would have held out for the 2.0

I am very proud of what I have done, but the whole thing would just go over better with my friends and family if I was driving it around [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Since I can turn it over with a hot wire to the selenoid (sp?), I am probably going to run a new wire straight from the ignition switch for now...

Then all I'll have to tackle is the, "no fuel" issue...
...the "hey the reverse and brake lights worked yesterday!?!" issue..
...the "hmm, harder to fabricate a dash than I thought" issue...
... and I'm done [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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