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post #1 of 7 Old 11-20-2004, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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washed my 308....now wont start

I washed my 308 yesterday and now she wont start, I sprayed some WD-40 on the wires etc etc but still no start.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-20-2004, 02:59 PM
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check your fuses. You may have gotten some water in them and it shorted them out when trying to start the car. Also, ensure the battery connections are tight. I know I have seen what look like tight connections on my car only to adjust them and see that there was a bad connection.

You could also turn your key to "on" and take a multimeter to check the power to the starter of the car.

You could bridge the connection between the starter positive and negative connection to trry and get it to start, but that is kinda dangerous and I would not recommend that unless you have someone there who has done it before.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-21-2004, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Battery conections and fuses are fine. It might be time for the shop!!
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-21-2004, 08:14 AM
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Are you getting power? And is the car turning over?

I know I have had a car that was turning over before and I fixed it, but now to remember how....
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-21-2004, 03:04 PM
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Check your coil.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-22-2004, 05:23 PM
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Chas, do a quick sanity-check of the main items :

Starter cranking engine => starter OK
Headlights still shine (although less-brightly) when cranking => battery OK
Smell of fuel from exhausts after lots of cranking => fuel supply OK

As Stradale says, it's most likely the ignition electrics. If the ignition dash-lights are on then you've got power, & the problem should be with the coils, distributors, leads or plugs. Try a good drying-out with a hair-dryer, & if you can get the distrib caps off & dry in there then that could help. Note that the "WD40-type" sprays will tend to attract dirt & moisture later on after "drying out", so it's not a great idea to spray the stuff everywhere unless it's necessary. Try to clean-off any surplus afterwards.

Hope this helps a little.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-15-2005, 09:38 AM
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I agree...

....with 4K3F. I'd CAREFULLYtake off the dist. caps and let them dry out. Its happened to me before too on other cars. Usually when washing off the engine though and not just the exterior. Sounds like a bit of bad luck to me. If you just do nothing, it will eventually dry out by itself and should start. Good luck! Say....you did'nt have the stereo or anyother elec. devece on while you were washing it did you? Does the Bat. have a full charge? One day I was looking at a car my older dauthter was considering purchacing, my youngest daughter was waiting in the car. While I was discussing things with the seller the youngest got bored and turned on the stereo. It did'nt seem like too awfully long, I went back to the car to leave and.....dead bat. !!! Hopefully Its something that simple.


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