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Old April 16th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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79 ex-MOD 109 2.25L Dead Ignition

Got my 79 towed out to my folk's house the other day. This thing has the most reliable 2.25L petrol I've ever seen..well, until I intervened. 20 degrees for two weeks? Pull the choke, and she starts right up.

So, I started her up, pulled her up on the rollback. Got there, rolled it off the tow truck in neutral - dead in all key positions.

No red charge light. Now, I know it wasn't the tow guy - he just secured the tires on the rig, and I followed him. I rolled the truck off without it running, and like a doof, I didn't unlock the steering. So, I think that's it. I must've jiggered something in the steering column.

We could get her to turn with my Discovery jumper cables hooked up. She'd start to fire and die.

I wasn't sure if some kind of freak other issue popped up, so that's why I tried the jumper cables. When holding the starter, it would act like it's running. Didn't do this much, as I didn't want to fry the starter.

Hopefully I didn't dork something up. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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I would check for a short in the wires to the ignition switch. Real easy to access.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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If the engine turns over normally with the jumper cables attached but dies when you take them off I would guess it's something simple like a loose ground cable. Are the headlights bright when you turn them on?
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Old April 17th, 2013, 09:13 PM
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Hi Mike - I did not try the headlights. Next time I'm out, I plan on checking the grounds, and I will add your input to the checklist.
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