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85 ford bronco,has no electrical response,no lights nogthing.

The vehicle has been sitting for a long time now we add a new battery, clean connections add new starter soleniod. ther's no electric response, gauges don't move, vehicle will not start, no sound nothing. Whats wrong and how could it be just dead no action or an re-action?

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I have a 85 bronco fullsize.I have no lights ignition starter unless I hook up a hotwire to the hot side of the coil.Other wise it won,t even crank over the starter.

  • shadowman273 Jan 30, 2009

    my dad has an 85 bronco and he was driving down the road and turned on his headlights and it just died. no electrical at all. no power doorlocks no power windows, nothing. it won't turn over. it's just a sitting duck.

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Check on your ignition switch and its harness,make sure you have a contact. and re check those connections youve mentoned. Be sure your negative groundings going to the engine and the body are tight and cleaned.
It will really be a long night to trace all those weak connections. trace the positive connection from your battery going to your starters and going to your alternators.
And be sure that all fuse and relays are working.
Hope i have fix your problem.

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