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    Re: Engine dies. Boo.

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    Let me try to answer.

    1) the starter ran, you could hear the engine try to turn over, but never did.
    2) concerning the ignition switch - the original would cause the seat belt warning chime to go off, but no dash lights.
    3) I did check the fuses, and the red ones (high voltage) look extremely thin. I will see what happens with a fresh set of fuses.

    I'll let you know...

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    So, if the motor is spinning but it's not turning the engine, it means that the solenoid isn't throwing the gear out to engage the ring gear on the flywheel. It could mean that the solenoid is bad OR that it's not getting energized by the switch. You can tell by measuring voltage on the solenoid connection when someone tries to start it with the switch. If you're getting voltage there, it means the solenoid is bad. If not, it means there's something wrong with the connections/switching.

    Or you could just try jumping between the main battery connection and the solenoid connection on the starter. We used to do it with a pair of pliers or a screwdriver but that's not really "best practice". Better to do it with a spare heavy wire like a battery connector wire. If that doesn't make the engine turn, the solenoid isn't engaging the starter gear and it could be either of the aforementioned issues with a bad solenoid or a connection/switch problem.

    I assume you checked the multi-connector plug at the switch and it's OK?
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    Re: Engine dies. Boo.

    The plug's ok, DJ.

    I'll go for the easy fix first - checking the fuses. If not, then I'll start on the solenoid.

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    Re: Engine dies. Boo.

    So it appears that is was not the starter or the solenoid, but a short/melt of wiring behind the glovebox.

    Got this taken care of, now on to other things.

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