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Starter switch
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2008/4/15 23:58
From Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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1940 120 - having a problem with the starter button and cannot figure out how to remove it. Any ideas? Thanks

Posted on: 10/19 11:05:38
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Re: Starter switch
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2008/10/31 12:20
From Portland, Oregon, USA
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Iain,

You'll have to take the nuts off the back side of the switch on the backside of the dash. Then push it towards the front of the car through the hole enough to disconnect the two wires.

The spare starter button in photo is courtesy of flackmaster.

The square headed screws that hold it in place are wedged between the controls coverplate and the dashboard behind it.

Someone with more knowledge may ask you what seems to be wrong with the starter button. Basically it needs to be tight to form a good ground and the wires tightly connected. You could disconnect the battery, attach clips to the two connections on the switch and check the continuity or remove the switch and check the continuity. I've found these are pretty hearty switches.

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Posted on: 10/19 12:06:44
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Re: Starter switch
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2008/4/15 23:58
From Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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Thanks for this. I think I'd have to be able to see the nuts to remove them - I can't even see them for all the other stuff in between, including the cowl vent lever. How much stuff do I have to remove to get at them??

The switch works sometimes, but not well on cool, damp days. I think there must be a bit of corrosion on it or something.

Starter works fine when I jump the battery to the solenoid. Figure it must be the switch.

Thanks again.

Posted on: 10/20 10:48:53
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Re: Starter switch
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You shouldn't have to remove anything, but you need to see the nuts.

Get one of those LED rechargeable light sticks or some other small LED light source with a magnet to hold it in place and shining back from the heater or firewall. Disconnect your battery and move other wires away from the back of the button.

Get a 3/8th socket screwdriver and push it up there on the nut.

I sometimes remove the front seat cushion, put a pillow or styrofoam pipe insulation over the front seat frame rail so it doesn't hurt my back. Put a couple pillows against the firewall. Put your feet out the passenger door and rest your head on the pillows looking into the backside of the dash.

You can access the lightswitch connections this way, too. I used to try it upside down with the cushions in place and my feet over the back cushion, but this other way is easier for me.

Posted on: 10/20 19:22:46
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Re: Starter switch
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From Coalmont, B.C., Canada
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That's quite the 'visual' Joe - but it definitely sounds comfortable! Anyone who has spent any amount of time 'under the dash' of these cars will appreciate your 'perch'approach! LOL
Chris

Posted on: 10/20 22:50:58
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