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  • Is this a problem with the ignition switch? SOLVED

    So I start Barney up today, pull out of the driveway and decide to wipe the dew off the windshield - wipers don't respond. So I try the heater fan - also no joy. Same with the directional signals, headlights. Pull back into the driveway, shut him off, fiddle a bit, fire him back up... and everything works. This car's had a brand-new wiring harness installed within the last 3 months, btw.

    So, I'm thinking, what do all these items have in common? Power fed off the ACC circuit. Can I reasonably ASSume that the ignition switch is arthritic and wasn't passing current to the ACC terminal in RUN position? And that the turn-off-turn-on sequence made the connection? I can't think of any other place that the power bus shares a common failure point...

    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Headlights are not run off the ACC side of the ignition switch.

    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      yeah, I'm with Dick, if the headlights really weren't working, that's a hard one to explain. I would say bad connection at the ammeter, but that would also shut down the engine. For once I don't even have a suggestion as to where to start looking for an electrical problem.

      Now if it weren't for the headlight thing, I would agree, the ignition switch is the likely culprit.

      nate
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      55 Commander Starlight
      http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by N8N

        Now if it weren't for the headlight thing, I would agree, the ignition switch is the likely culprit.
        Sorry, I misspoke - headlights was another issue (bad switch).

        So it sounds like maybe it is the ignition switch?


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        Clark in San Diego
        '63 F2/Lark Standard
        http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
        www.studebakersandiego.com

        Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          I'd say it has to be because of global warming. If I am incorrect, John Poulos will correct me.


          Flo (she loves Studes because they are progressive)
          In the middle of Minnestudea
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          In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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          • #6
            I agree that the Ignition switch is the likely culprit... (since you have determined the headlamps were caused by a different problem). I had intermittent problems with my wipers and heater blower not working unless I wiggled the key in the ignition when it was on.

            Replacement of the ignition switch has made the problem "go away".

            <h5>Mark
            '57 Transtar Deluxe
            Vancouver Island Chapter
            http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


            Mark Hayden
            '66 Commander
            Zone Coordinator
            Pacific Can-Am Zone

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            • #7
              Yep - just confirmed. Accessories work when the key's in the ACC position, but not in RUN. Wiggling the key in RUN makes them work. Looks like our friendly Studevendors will be getting a little more of my custom


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              Clark in San Diego
              '63 F2/Lark Standard
              http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
              www.studebakersandiego.com

              Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                I just wish my problem could be solved so easily. Good going!

                Allen


                1964 R2 GT Hawk

                1963 Daytona Convertible
                Oakville, Ontario.
                Hamilton Chapter

                1964 GT Hawk
                PSMCDR 2014
                Best time: 14.473 sec. 96.57 MPH quarter mile
                PSMCDR 2013
                Best time: 14.654 sec. 94.53 MPH quarter

                Victoria, Canada

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