[ROVERNET - UK] Starting Problem

roger matheson rogerdm at iprimus.com.au
Sat Oct 2 16:51:43 BST 2004

I had a similar problem which i traced to a worn ignition switch.  However
removing and replacing the switch takes a long time, though I did repair the
switch.  The plug to the switch can be got at from behind the plate with the
light switches and you should be able to eliminate problems with the gear
lever.  Wiring in a remote starter switch is easy.  The other possible
problem is the relay which in a RHD car is on the inner wing drivers side
just forward of the bonnet hinge.  Check that power is coming from the
switch on start and that the relay can earth.

Cheers Roger
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "G. Warren Smith" <gwsmith at sru.edu>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 9:54 AM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Starting Problem

> I'm having a problem reliably starting my 1970 Rover 3500S. When I turn
> ignition switch on, all electrical items work, the fuel pump runs, etc;
> when I turn it to start, nothing happens, in either P or N. Fortunately,
> far, I've eventually had it turn over and start, but I fear I'm going to
> get stuck someplace awkward one of these days without successfully getting
> it to fire.  I've just had the starter rebuilt and a new solenoid added.
> The battery is fully charged.  There doesn't seem to be much in the
> other than the "combined starter inhibitor and reverse light switch" and
> the ignition switch, itself.  My recollection from years (and years) ago,
> is that Ron Jones wired in a separate push-button switch in the glove
> compartment to over-ride a similar problem, but that extra switch and its
> function have been lost in my recent engine transplant. I'd appreciate any
> thoughts and advice on possible faults to explore, especially if any of
> listers have solved a similar problem.
> Many thanks,
> Warren
> Slippery Rock, PA
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