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Old 06-29-2020, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default 1986? columbia parcar wont turn over.

My FIL and I are trying to get an old columbia par car back running. someone wrote 1986 next to the VIN so thats all I have to go on for the year.

all I know about it not working was he thought the key switch was getting hot when it quit running 10+ years ago. It was spinning over in reverse but not forward but now it has quit spinning in both directions.

looking at the wiring diagram two of the big wires were backwards on the switch. we ordered a new switch and no change. I have checked all of the wires and they are hooked up like the wiring diagram shows and all are OHM good. when in forward or reverse the solenoid is clicking and there is 12v at both sides of the solenoid. we also had the starter checked by an alternator shop and they said it looked good. any ideas where to go from here?

thanks for the help!
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1986? columbia parcar wont turn over.

Check out the the testing procedure that is attached.

A couple of things:

When you say you are getting 12v on both sides of the solenoid, hopefully you mean all 4 posts after you hear the solenoid click. That the solenoid is clicking is good as that means you are getting good volts to the small terminals. Make sure that you are also getting 12 volts at the large terminals. Ground your black volt meter lead and touch the red lead to both large solenoid post. Both should have 12v after the solenoid clicks.

If you have 12v on both posts then your issue is from that point forward or back. There isn't much there as those large posts either go to the battery or the key switch via the starter.

Are you sure your battery is good? Even though it might be showing 12v it might not have enough cranking amps to turn things.
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