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1965 thunderbird dead electrical

Started car and parked it last fall. Put a new fully charged battery in and got nothing at all. Tried to start car in neutral to make sure it wasn't the neutral safety switch thats activated in park but still got nothing.

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Unless it was different back then, the switch should allow starting in park or neutral like today's safety switches. So it could be that switch, and your test was invalid. Unless, as I said, it was different back then.
This car has the start relay bolted on the fender, doesn't it? If it does, that relay needs to be grounded to the fender to work, might check that. And pull off the small wire to the relay and check for power on it while the key is held in start. This is the start wire from the ignition switch and should click the relay on to pass battery voltage to the starter. If power there, the relay may need replacing. If no power, work back to the neutral safety switch. Pull the connector off and check for a power signal to the connector with the key held in start. If no power, it may be the ignition switch. If it does have power, see if the switch itself has continuity with the shifter in park.
Good luck on the old T-bird.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013

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SOURCE: 2004 Nissan Maxima

it is a cable that links you transmision to the dashboard
i am not sure what the name of the cable is
but if you hold the start position and switch the gears to neutral it will start.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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SOURCE: 1993 Ford Thunderbird- New battery & alternator & car won't start

Did you clean the cables when you changed the battery?

I'd trace the wires connecting your alternator and battery and make sure they are "healthy" and securely fastened. Then, I'd check the wires connecting your battery and starter. Again, make sure the wires are securely fastened and appear clean.

The starter and solenoid are one unit for this vehicle.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Car will NOT start in park but will start in neutral

It sounds like you new switch needs adjusted just a little bit.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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SOURCE: my 99 RX300 lexus doesn't start sometimes. Changed

Sounds like a loose connection on the starter or ignition circuit but more information is needed. When its not starting up, are there any noises from the engine bay? Have you checked for spark on the spark plugs? Are you getting error codes from the car's computer? Does the car idle 'weird'?

See if you can get a copy of the Haynes or Peterson's manual for your car.

Remember that its a Lexus, its going to cost money to fix.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 toyota sequoia- car won't start on park.. but

sounds like park safety switch,there are 2 switches 1 neutral and 1 park, if it starts in neutral,it is working,if in park,and does not start usually means bad switch or wire off.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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