[ROVERNET - UK] Starting Problem

Ron Morey morey814 at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 4 02:13:21 BST 2004

I'd vote for the Park switch under the console. Is there any change if you 
wiggle the lever? I believe at that vintage you could also start the car in 
N. I'm not sure about that though. Once it fails you could enlist the 
assistance of a willing volunteer or a non-willing conscript, to hold the 
key switch at "start" and check with a automotive 12V test light to check 
for power at points in the circuit. The solenoid must also have 12V applied 
to the small wire that energizes it. If it does and doesn't engage then it 
is the solenoid. If it doesn't then it is before. Sorry if I am being too 
basic. An intermittant engine ground may also stop you in your tracks. I 
think you said the problem is met with complete silence, that is no clicking 
of the starter solenoid is heard. Hope this helps.

>From: Fritz Rauschenberg <wfritz at mindspring.com>
>Reply-To: wfritz at mindspring.com, rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Starting Problem
>Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 13:33:10 -0400
>I'll vote for the ignition switch.
>Fritz Rauschenberg
>"G. Warren Smith" wrote:
> > 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 
> > 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) 
> > 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 
> > function have been lost in my recent engine transplant. I'd appreciate 
> > 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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