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Username Post: no lights , turn key nothing        (Topic#357970)
Bobs66IMPSS 
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Bobs66IMPSS
Loc: Stafford, Va,USA
Reg: 10-08-02
09-08-19 12:53 PM - Post#2775050    

Went to start car, turned the key and nothing. No slow turning, no solenoid clicking, just nothing. The battery is fully charged, no lights, no radio, etc. Checked negative ground cable connections on block and battery post, removed both and cleaned, reconnected both, still no change.
Installed new starter, no change. Any help would be appreciated !!



 
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Gaspains 
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Loc: Mankato, MN
Reg: 11-23-09
09-08-19 10:03 PM - Post#2775105    
    In response to Bobs66IMPSS

The car (except the starter motor) gets its power through a common connection at the horn relay on the radiator support. You might start there. Good luck.

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
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66cayne 
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Reg: 08-06-08
09-09-19 04:15 PM - Post#2775177    
    In response to Bobs66IMPSS

If the lights work but nothing happens when you turn the key your ignition switch is likely toast. I just went through this myself. A few good videos on You Tube will show how to remove and replace the switch.



 
A White Sport Coupe 
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Reg: 08-19-10
09-09-19 04:46 PM - Post#2775179    
    In response to Bobs66IMPSS

Hello,

1st check your cable continuity on both positive and negative battery cables. You've already cleaned the connections.

2nd check the Fisher Body bulkhead connectors. They're just below the brake master cylinder. Wiggle them with lights on etc.

3rd Inspect all wire harnesses for burned or melted or mouse eaten insulation. Check the fuse box.

Bob


 
fsc66 
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09-10-19 05:37 AM - Post#2775219    
    In response to A White Sport Coupe

Agree with the bulk connector suggestion, common issue, ground sparks can cause melted wires or just bad connections.

Paul





 
Bobs66IMPSS 
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Bobs66IMPSS
Loc: Stafford, Va,USA
Reg: 10-08-02
09-10-19 08:46 AM - Post#2775245    
    In response to A White Sport Coupe

thanks for your response and pointing me in the right direction. Traced 12.8 volts from battery through horn relay then to firewall, 12.8 volts there also. Checked fuse panel and ignition switch,0 volts. Pulled out headlight switch, pulled up and down on bulkhead connector, now have lights. Connector is hard to get to, but will remove and try to clean connections. Thankls to everyone for your replies.....Bob



 
steve65 
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Loc: new westminster bc
Reg: 09-25-13
09-10-19 10:32 AM - Post#2775257    
    In response to Bobs66IMPSS

Be very careful when removing the bulkhead connectors for cleaning, if they are old and brittle you will break the locking tabs on them. Ask me how I know......LOL. I ended up replacing both front end wiring harnesses in the end.
Steve65

Steve Duncan
65 Impala SS Convertible
Ermine White/ Black Top
357 4 spd auto



 
A White Sport Coupe 
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09-10-19 07:06 PM - Post#2775291    
    In response to Bobs66IMPSS

Clean the connectors and apply a light coat of conductive grease.

Bob


 
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