Calling all Camaro nuts

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting & Diagnosis' started by Scaleytail, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Scaleytail

    Scaleytail Member

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    1979 Camaro ....turn the key to start , release the key....the starter continues to run --ended up putting it in gear until the negative battery connector fried. I can release the key and even pull it out and the starter keeps cranking. why isn't the starter releasing?
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    You will need to do some troubleshooting. Does the "start" power at the starter go away when you release the key? If you get the answer to that question, you know which way to go to look for the problem.
     
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    bourbon_scotch Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You should really get one of these
     
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    I'd guess the starter solenoid is fried. Putting in gear and letting clutch out should have killed the start circuit to the solenoid.
     
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    That makes sense --it is wired to not start in gear.
    Plus, now that I think about it .....it wouldn't start the day before after driving it about 30 minutes 90 plus degrees... got home and it sat in the sun on the hot asphalt which probably really heat soaked the heck out it.
    Later that night and next morning it started fine. Til I drove it a bit and parked it n the driveway on another very hot day-this time the soeniod must have stayed engaged due to the heat punishment.
     
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    Just make sure the starter switch on the column is adjusted as well.as well as checking the wiring.
     
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    Adjusted as in on/off operation?
     
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    That as well
     
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    Tom nailed it. I would just buy a whole new starter.
     
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    ..........and yes it was the starter. The solenoid not releasing really threw me for a loop. Thanks for guidance.
     
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