1985 OLDS DELTA 88

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  • Ralphie
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Need help please, 1985 olds delta 88, 350 v8 auto 85000 miles. My neighbor was driving down the road and his car went dead in the middle of the road. The battery is new and the headlights are bright when on but there is no power to the ignition switch when you turn it. Nothing happens at all. We pulled it home. Can anyone tell us what may have went wrong? Thank you very much. Ralphie

Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 7:02 PM

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Try putting it in nuetral and cranking it.

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 7:26 PM
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Thank you for your reply, We tried to crank it in neutral, nothing happens. When you turn on the headlights and turn the switch it doesn't affect the headlights at all. No lights on the dash or anything. Any thoughts. Thank you. Ralphie

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 8:06 PM
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I would suspect one of two things. Ignition switch or a bad connection. IF you checked for any loose or corroded connections from the battery to ground, to the starter etc.

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Friday, January 26th, 2007 AT 4:57 AM
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Check all your fusible links. When you turn the key to On, again do you see any panel lights

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Friday, January 26th, 2007 AT 5:04 AM
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Thank you both for your replies, it was dark and 20 degrees when it broke down so we will check out your suggestions today and report back. And for the record there are no lights on the dash when you turn on the switch but the headlights work ok and turning the switch on and to start position has no effect on anything. Thanks again, Ralphie.

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Friday, January 26th, 2007 AT 8:11 AM
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Checked the wires going to the starter and of the two small red wires one of them is broken where it goes around the starter guard, which is loose and I guess it vibrated so much it broke the wire. We're going to repair it and hope this is the problem. Thank you all for your help. Ralphie. Man it's cold out there.

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 3:42 PM
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Get that baby going and you'll be warm and cozy.

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 5:07 PM
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 6:52 PM

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