<VV> electrical problem

corvairduval at cox.net corvairduval at cox.net
Mon May 15 15:59:54 EDT 2017

Good one Scott. I forgot how people would turn the key on 65 to 69 Corvairs all the way CCW (ACC position) instead of OFF and wonder why the battery would be dead. The GEN FAN lamp will glow when in ACC.

Not usually the owner, but after a winter's rest...

Another question. Do BOTH the GEN FAN and the TEMP PRESS lamps go out when you unplug the oil pressure switch? That's how your statement below reads to me. 

And you say the TEMP PRESS lamp is what comes on dimly. with the key removed. So, not the GEN FAN lamp? Could the two lamps be reversed in their holes?

BTW, key removal in ACC is possible after the key and cylinder wear, so just because you removed the key does not mean the switch is in the OFF position. Even if last year it did.

Frank DuVal

---- Scott via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote: 
> Could your ignitions switch be failing? What happens when you turn the key
> full left (the accessory position) ? Does the radio play and does it also
> play in the off position (key straight up).
> Scott Allison - KC
> From: Michael Kovacs <kovacsmj at yahoo.com>
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> > Subject: <VV> electrical problem
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> > 1966 Corvair...Quick history: Car sat outside all winter with
> > batterydisconnected. It started right away. Drove it a bit . Started next
> > day and moved it. Next day a dead battery. Recharged anddrove it. Next day
> > a dead battery. Recharged itdrove into garage for maintenance. With the key
> > out, I noticed a faintglow of the temp/press idiot light and realized there
> > was a batterydraw.
> > Stuff observed:
> >    -  ignition on, both red idiot lights are on bright. Should be
> >    - start the engine, both idiot lights go off. Should be
> >    - all instruments and electrical functions appear normal. Should be
> >    - engine off, ignition on, disconnected the oil & press/over temp wires
> > in the engine bay, the idiot lights go off. Should be
> >    -  engine off, with the key removed from the starter switch, the oil
> > pressure/over temp light stay on very dimly. Should not be
> >    - engine off, disconnecting the main wire harness connection in the
> > engine compartment will turn off the dim idiot light. Should be??
> > Where is bulb getting power to lightup dimly?

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