72 electra no crank no start

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  1. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone out of the blue my car won't start, from the ignition switch. I jumped it from the purple wire and I could get it to turn over. I looked at my fuse panel and didnt see a fuse attached to the ign start, where can I look from here?
     
  2. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    The actual switch is at the base of the steering column. Theres a plastic gear behind the key / lock assembly that pushes a rod in the bottom of the column that activates the switch. any one of those 3 things could be causing your issue. It could also be nothing more than a broke wire.
     
  3. gsx455-4ever

    gsx455-4ever Gold Level Contributor

    As long as the key turning feels normal and If it has tilt try moving the wheel all the way up and then try it or all the way down and try it .
     
  4. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Thanks will try it this evening
     
  5. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Hello does anyone know of where I can find the fusible links and what guage I need to replace with for a 72 electra?
     
  6. BrunoD

    BrunoD Looking for Fast Eddie

    I just sold one ,sent it yesterday,I do have a couple more,$10.00shipped within the 48 States.Bruno.
     
  7. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member


    Can you tell me where its located on the car, is it the wire that attaches to the starter, outside of the main power wire?
     
  8. BrunoD

    BrunoD Looking for Fast Eddie

    The wire is attached to the starter,its one one part that goes on the starter solenoid,then 2 wires on the other end that you should solder to the 2 wires of similar color and length ,hard to make a mistake,because you can see how they were attached.And make sure you take the negative cable off,so that you don;t have a hot wire in there.Bruno.
     
  9. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    The fusible links are the last 6" of main harness right where it bolts to the large lug on the starter solenoid.

    FusibleLinks.jpg
     
  10. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

  11. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys I will be hopefully attacking this tomorrow, or by the weekend at the latest, and really hope the fusible link is the issue!
     
  12. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    The MOST likely cause of your problem is a loose or broken connection at the battery or starter. Look at that first. Don't just replace parts without testing first.
     
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  13. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    What Larry said - especially if everything appears to be dead.

    I had my '72 die on me on the road (you never realize how much you like power steering until it isn't!) and while everything looked good under the hood it was simply a loose battery connection.

    Bob
     
  14. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Yep battery connects are good, as well as voltage to the starter and connects were good. Will check the fusible links towards the column today. Thx everyone for the help and will post the fix once I find it hopefully
     
  15. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    No, the fusible links are not towards the column, they are at the starter. Perhaps this will help,

    StarterDiagnosticR.jpg
     
  16. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Oh no Larry sorry I worded it incorrectly, i know the links are on the starter, but I'm working my way from the starter towards the column, because i know everything from the starter to the front are good!
     
  17. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    Can u try using an old school remote starter?
     
  18. fatboybuick

    fatboybuick Well-Known Member

    Soooo......... guys it was the double purple connector on the neutral safety switch, for some reason it wasnt fullyconnected on both pins, smh thanks for all the help and insight
     
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  19. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    I always like a free fix!
     

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