Goldie complete electrical failure


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sirgkm
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Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by sirgkm » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:11 am



:roll: Remember Goldie? She broke down near Montreal and Honda Garage determined stator and Rectifier on this 1986 Aspy were done. That was a huge repair but worth it to complete remainder cars country trip. Pulling into Kelowna, complete electrical failure, everything shut down including engine. Battery has full charge. Help! :oops:



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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by Maz » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:28 pm

Is the main fuse still intact ?
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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by sirgkm » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:39 pm

That's the 30 amp? That's the first thing I'll check. Thanks :)

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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by Maz » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:28 pm

If it's still the original dog-bone style 30amp fuse, it wouldn't hurt to replace it with a modern blade type.
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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by Mh434 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:06 pm

I'd start with the simple things - ignition switch (turn it on & off about 20 times, then see if it will fire up), kill switch (on & off, a bunch of times), check to see battery cable connections are tight & clean, etc. I suspect that the majority of such apparently catastrophic, and inexplicable, failures are due to simple issues that are easy to fix...once you find them.

Unless there's some underlying, creeping, electrical issue (which you'd probably already be aware of), the chances are that the problem is something very, very simple. The only money I'd spend at this point would be on a volt-ohmmeter for checking stuff. I have a little folding one in a case (old Radio Shack item) that always travels with me. Once you have one, the whole world of electrical questions opens up - until then, it's all guesswork. There are two "The Source" stores in Kelowna (I've only been to the Orchard Park mall one) that will have what you need. Or, there's Lordco, Princess Auto, etc.

Once you've got the meter, take a few measurements (at the battery, etc.) and post the results. Someone will, for sure, pinpoint the problem for you!

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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by sirgkm » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:23 pm

Awesome responses! Corrosion on the dog bone fuse. Who would have thought?

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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by SilverDave » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:46 am

You still have the dog bone fuse ? ???
Its a hazard , and a good example of really bad engineering

While at Lordco, or Canadian tire , get a 30 amp blade fuse, and one of these :

http://alexnld.com/wp-content/uploads/2 ... 003-20.jpg

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Re: Goldie complete electrical failure

Post by sirgkm » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:23 pm

Princess Auto, Inline Automotive blade fuse holder and some determined electrical work :). Here we go!



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