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ChrisA

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Trying to get the car ready for a practice day and then went to check milage to notate oil filter change, but the car has nothing… The battery is fine and the headlights come on, but generally everything is dead, no shiftlight/gauges, no turn signal, no wipers, no milage, no clicky noise, nada... The Mains fuse is ok  (has continuity) and the others under hood look good. Haven't check the Mains Relay, not sure how to remove it - does it just pull out or clips to press? Anything else I should check? Sheesh, I’ve got too many other things to take care of to chase down another problem. Got to replace lower rear control arms tomorrow and press in new bushing, because one was bent. And, next weekend throw an alignment on the car (a 2-day project for me :wacko: ) and bleed the brake and now THIS

 
Anybody have any ideas about what I should check?
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LarryKing

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Ignition switch plug/contacts. Try wiggling the plug while turning the key on
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Walter thanks for tickling my memory. I was just baffled as to how the car went into the garage working and was now dead, with me only doing some suspension work and a filter change. But you reminded me that I had shimmed the steering column, which maybe pinched a wire or pulled on a plug. Sure enough the ignition switch plug was not fully seated. Things are up and working again  :thumbsup:


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Good deal
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An addendum, the plug would no longer lock/snap in place, so needed to be secured with a zip-tie. Good thing I found out at home and not at or ON track.


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