"Volts was ok with the meter reading ,everything checked out ok
while checking starter notice there was a wire off..starts fine now"
In the future... the word "OK" for a voltage reading will not be good enough. Here's why: About seven years ago I spent 3 weeks with a "no start" condition because my ANALOG voltmeter was not sensitive enough... and the DIGITAL voltmeter ($2.99 from Harbor Freight) was the TOOL that showed me the difference between 12.05 volts using the engine as GROUND, and 12.50 volts using the chassis as GROUND. That .45 volt static loss was the indication of a bad ground... and after all that time , energy and testing of the starter, alternator and battery OUT of the car... plus chasing down the ignition switch and all the circuitry... the problem proved to be a loose GROUND strap.
You really need to get specific here... it'll save YOU a lot of trouble.
I have a question on the sending unit wire ,as you may recall I had
that hose problem a few weeks ago and thought unplugged the thermostat
sending unit wire because after the hose problem my guage wasn't working
I noticed when I was under there the wire was connected fine ..
but there was another loose wire is there 2 wires for the sending
unit or just the one wire ..still no guage for the
I believe you mean to say the "Temperature Guage Sending Unit"... Had me scratching my head again...
I also believe the wire you have LOOSE is indeed the sending unit wire for the temp guage... there are TWO sending units nearby, one is the OIL PRESSURE and the other it the TEMPERATURE sending unit.
If you attach a test lead to the loose wire and start the engine... and QUICKLY ground it for just an INSTANT, you should see deflection in the temp guage. Get some GOOD LIGHT back there and you should see the sender it should connect to. SQUISH the terminal on the wire a bit so it will stay on better, same goes for that starter lead!
Was also curious why the car didn't push start,
Yes, it should have... probably just a coinsidence...
unless that was the main lead on the starter... stil thought it would push start.
is there a main power going to the starter ?
Yes, on all counts, the POS cable on the battery TERMINATES on the starter, and YES it shoulda started. It might behouve you to first disconnect the NEG cable from the battery, pull the 3 starter bolts, SQUISH the radiator hose and DROP the starter. Then loosen, clean, and retighten ALL the wires and cable connections on the starter, and put it back up again.
While yur at it.. add a SECOND ground strap or cable UP TOP between the cam cover and the chassis so that you now have TWO LARGE ground cables for the engine... and one of them is up top, out of the muck and mire, easy to access and maintain.
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!
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