<VV> electrical mystery
corvair at frontiernet.net
Tue Jun 12 22:11:49 EDT 2018
Check the heater hose above the starter solenoid. The hose is spiral steel wire with a fabric/rubber covering. It’s supposed to have a foam sleeve over it where it goes above the solenoid. If the hose doesn’t have the sleeve and it sags and rubs against the solenoid battery terminal, it can drain the battery. Worst yet, it can catch fire. [It happened to me on my ’64 Spyder, but I smelled it before it did any damage, other than to the hose.] See the bottom of page 101 in Clark’s catalog, part C8281. In addition, I cut a piece of heavy truck tire inner-tube, punched holes in it and fastened it over the terminal end of the solenoid with heavy wire ties.
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From: Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:22 PM
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Subject: Re: <VV> electrical mystery
Whatever it is, it's probably getting warm. Try feeling the alternator
after the car has been standing a few hours. Or look for anything else
getting warm. I would put an ammeter on the batter to see how much
current is being drawn.
On 2018-06-12 16:06, Tom Berg via VirtualVairs wrote:
> My '64 Monza is dead in the carport, a victim (apparently) of an
> electrical short. The battery (new a couple of months ago) goes dead
> overnight; I can jump start it with a booster, and it runs fine and
> its alternator (not original, of course) seems to charge OK.
> When I turn it off I can restart it soon after. But if I let it sit
> for a few hours, and especially overnight, the battery (and the car)
> is dead again. Evidently something is pulling down the battery.
> Any thoughts as to the cause?
> --Tom in Ohio
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