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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 00, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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I just bought a used 85 camaro with a V6 2.8 engine and i have been having some troubles with it. I went out to start it the other day and it wouldn't start so i thought i the battery was dead, and so i jumped it and it ran fine for 3 days. Then yesterday morning i went to start it to go to school and i pulled out of the drive and it shut off and died so i pushed it back in the drive and came home from school and took the battery in and it was totally dead, 0 cold cranking amps so i bought a new one and put it in, and it still won't start. I tried to start it and after i tried with no success i lifted the hood and it started to smoke and i can't figure out what melted. It smells electrical and it came from the left side of the engine. Any ideas on why it won't start and why it smoked?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 00, 11:07 AM
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It's totally a guess,
I'll bet you had a short somewhere on the left side. And that drained the battery. When you put the new battery in, there was enough juice to melt the wires where it was shorted.
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If your starter is on the left side it could have been your starter that smoked. If it is on the left side, remove it and smell it, if it stinks, replace it. Check for damage to the wires while your'e down there.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 00, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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i checked it out and the starter and alternator are ok, so it isn't that but i think it is the ignition module? I am not sure if that is the part but after looking at in and then in my chilton's manual that is what I think it is. It has a wire to the distributor cap? would this be correct, and what would cause it to fry? and how hard is it to replace?
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