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#1 Dub510

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:23 PM

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I just changed my steering on my 1970 510, put everything back and now car won’t start. Battery is fine, I didn’t mess with any of the wiring during the replacement. What’s going on? Has anyone had this problem?

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:48 PM

Do you have an automatic???

 

Changed the steering? including the steering column? or just the steering wheel??? Steering column would have included disconnecting the ignition switch. Ignition switch plug came loose while working on it. (it happens)

 

Turn the ignition key and nothing happens? OR

Turn the ignition key and engine starter works but doesn't start? .....


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:19 PM

I have a manual. I only changed the steering wheel. I took my battery to get charged at o Reilly. Guy said it was low, which is strange cuz it’s a new battery. So I’m waiting for it to be charged and will try again.

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:38 PM

Describe problems like this as either "cranks, no start" or "no crank"



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

No cranking

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 02:12 PM

Because you changed the steering wheel, I suspect the wiring around the ignition (key) switch was disturbed.  If a 510 has a neutral safety switch, that could be a possible problem also.

 

There is a 1/4 spade (flat) on the starter solenoid.  The solenoid is the smaller round thing on top of the starter, with a connection that the positive battery is bolted to, a connection on a wire that goes inside the starter, and the spade terminal in the middle of the two bigger connections.

 

Make sure the car is out of gear, the emergency brake is on hard, and the wheels are blocked so the car cannot roll.  

 

Take the wire off the small spade terminal on the starter solenoid, when you get a good battery in the car.   Use a screwdriver, or a small piece of wire to connect the small terminal on the starter solenoid to the positive battery cable connection on the solenoid.  The engine should crank.

 

If the engine cranks, use a test light, check for power at the ignition switch.  If you have power there, turn the switch to the start position, check for power on the terminal of the ignition switch that connects to the wire going to the starter solenoid. 

If you have power there, you may have to look for a neutral safety switch, if a 510 has one.  I have 521 trucks.  They do not have such luxuries as a neutral safety switch.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:33 PM

Where would the neutral safety switch be located?

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

It only applies to automatics.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

I am not even sure if a 1970 510 has one. 

Somebody that actually has a 510 probably knows. 



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:46 PM

Ok. I’ll try your suggestion.

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:16 PM

Check your fuses.

Does it have a fusible link?


 

 


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 08:53 PM

The 510 has a single link between the starter lug and the fuse box above it.

 

Honk horn or try the brake light. If either works then the link is still intact.


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Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:03 AM

How's your connections with the battery