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71 nova will not start

Battery is good. Starter is good. When key is turned no lights, nothing, no sound. This car used to have a stick went to an automatic. Could there be a problem in the steering column? Is this where the ignition switch is?

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Take a look at the wires on the top of your starter,

there should be a big main battery cable there, a small start wire, and a couple of fusible links.

the fusible links provide power to the rest of the vehicle, they are designed to fail if there is a short in the system, you can purchase fusible link at your local parts house it comes in a small roll, do not use regular wire for the repair you need the fire protection offered by the special link.

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