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My 88 TC dies during a Blizzard!!
akwilks Offline
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My TC 5sp dies and doesnt start back up...In fact, nothing happens...when the key is in the on position, no indicator lights come on but my dash gauges appear to work...one indicated 13v on the battery which is new....I would have tried to get more info but with 40mph winds, it forced me to whimp out...
Arn
88 TC 5sp
89 Xr4ti 5sp
93 GMC Typhoon
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thecrusher315 Offline
Senior Member
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Might be an ignition switch problem. Do a search for ignition switch and you will find much info. Hope this helps...Tommy
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Keman Offline
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#3
wiggle the ignition switch and/or check out the ignition switch wiring
Eric "Keman" Uratchko
1990 Mustang 5.8 GR-40
1988 Thunderbird Turbocoupe 5sp
2005 Audi S4 Avant MT6
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83zombi Offline
Senior Member
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I'm guessing the ignition switch also. I first got my Bird in Colorado, than moved to CA. My switch went out after a few warnings my local ford dealer couldn't pin down till the swith failed. They charged me $90 to replace it. I kept the old one, it is welded together with plastic. The plastic fails, the switch gets loose and can't make contact. In cold weather the metal parts contract faster than the plastic and lose contact. This also stresses the plastic leading to eventual failure. Ford had a lot of bad ignition switches, several recalls, but after my experiece with the dealer network I don't want them working on my car. I havn't checked to see if my car was part of an offical recall, dealers give me hay fever.
83 dead bird, in pieces however I'm reading from the book of the dead, should be running soon.
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akwilks Offline
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My battery had a bad cell in it...It was bought 3weeks ago hmm....replaced the battery and as soon as I connect the battery, the car starts...could it be the lock cylinder or the ignition switch??
Arn
88 TC 5sp
89 Xr4ti 5sp
93 GMC Typhoon
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thecrusher315 Offline
Senior Member
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Quote:Originally posted by akwilks:
My battery had a bad cell in it...It was bought 3weeks ago hmm....replaced the battery and as soon as I connect the battery, the car starts...could it be the lock cylinder or the ignition switch??
All the lock cylinder does is activate the ignition switch. All it is, is tumblers and a rod going down to the ignition switch, there are no electronics in it. If the lock cylinder is not stuck in the start position, it rules that out. Sounds to me like it might be the ignition switch stuck or shorting to start or possibly a stuck starter solenoid. Hope this helps...Tommy
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martin0660 Offline
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Quote:Originally posted by thecrusher315:
or possibly a stuck starter solenoid.
That is where I would put my money Wink Is you clutch interlock switch bypassed, or is the car an auto?

Bob Myers
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akwilks Offline
Junior Member
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The starter solenoid was stuck...Thanks..now she wont start...she turns, tries to start, sometimes with a rough idle where increasing the throttle doesnt help....I have stopped working on her for now since temperatures here are low enough for polar bears...I hear the fuel pump and have tried resetting the inertia switch...I will put gas in her tomorrow to see if thats the problem...Thanks again
Arn
88 TC 5sp
89 Xr4ti 5sp
93 GMC Typhoon
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thecrusher315 Offline
Senior Member
#9
Quote:Originally posted by akwilks:
The starter solenoid was stuck...Thanks..now she wont start...she turns, tries to start, sometimes with a rough idle where increasing the throttle doesnt help....I have stopped working on her for now since temperatures here are low enough for polar bears...I hear the fuel pump and have tried resetting the inertia switch...I will put gas in her tomorrow to see if thats the problem...Thanks again
If adding gas does not help, It possibly could be an ignition problem with the no start/trying to start issue. Possibly the coil not firing hot enough in the very cold weather or a TFI/PIP issue of some sort. Just some suggestions on where to possibly look. Hope the gas cures it....Tommy
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