Mechanics

ENGINE WONT TURN OVER

1979 International Scout

Electrical problem
1979 International Scout V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 21000? Miles

I have a 1979 International scout. I drove it about 65-70 miles then parked it for about an hour. When I tried to start it, nothing. The headlights work so I didnt think it was the battery. I removed the starter and took it to autozone and they tested it. Nothing wrong with it. Asked the guy a autozone he said might be the solenoid switch? Tried to buy one but it came back as the the same part that is mounted to the starter that tested ok. Help me out guys. What could it be?

Thanks,

Aaron Harris
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Aaronharri
March 6, 2010.




Your possibilities here could be the starter relay if it has one, neutral safety switch and ignition switch that's if the battery and connection are good and at the starter side-

You can try shorting out the starter solenoid if it engages the engine -your back to the NSS and ignition switch

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Rasmataz
Mar 6, 2010.
My friend showed me how to " hot wire" the scout by turning the key in the ignition to the " on" position and putting a screwdriver to the hot wire on the starter going to the starter. I am able to start the scout this way. Does this mean that the solenoid is bad?

Thanks!

Aaron Harris

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Aaronharri
Mar 6, 2010.
Check and test the rest I've suggested-obvious the starter is doing its job but the starter control circuit is not complete-

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Rasmataz
Mar 6, 2010.
I also have a '79 Scout and would agree it could be a relay, starter ignition or the neutral safety located on the transmission housing if engine doesn't turn over. If the engine turns over but won't start check your points and/or replace with an Ignitor II module (and a matching new coil). They're much better than the factory " gold box" elec. Ignition.
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Jellyco
Mar 8, 2010.

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