Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Non-start question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Posts
    218
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Question Non-start question

    Last night my 86 XR-7 decided it wouldn't start. Turned the key and NOTHING. No slow starter grind, no click, nothing but radio, clock and gauges all came on. Without going through everything I looked at or thought of, it hit me that it had done this once before a LONG time ago so, I released the parking brake, let the car roll forward about a foot and, voila', she started right up. Here's my question - what on earth would cause this? I'm wondering if it's just one of those odd-ball little quirks that happen with this car occasionally or if maybe there's something about to go south that I need to check out. Any advice is, as always, GREATLY appreciated.
    1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo-charged 5-speed.
    Owned 22 years.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    734
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    Neutral safety switch? I think that's the only starter inhibit, the other lockouts will let it crank if I remember correctly.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Newmarket, ON, Canada
    Posts
    123
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    Had that happen when starter was on its way out. Had to tap the starter with the tire iron to get it to crank. Changed over to mini starter and had no issue since.

    John

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Utah.
    Posts
    9,073
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Default

    Could be the neutral safety switch. I've never had one go bad. Try popping the solenoid with a screw driver. If that works, then try adding power to the small wire on the solenoid. If those work then its neutral safety switch or the ignition switch.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Pasadena, MD
    Posts
    7,397
    Feedback Score
    7 (100%)

    Default

    I have had similar issues a while back with the clutch switch.
    It's Gumby's fault.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Posts
    218
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Sancho View Post
    Neutral safety switch? I think that's the only starter inhibit, the other lockouts will let it crank if I remember correctly.
    Thanks!! That's what I'm leaning toward too after a bit more reading!!
    1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo-charged 5-speed.
    Owned 22 years.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Posts
    218
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Default

    [QUOTE=Haystack;462976]Could be the neutral safety switch. I've never had one go bad. Try popping the solenoid with a screw driver. If that works, then try adding power to the small wire on the solenoid. If those work then its neutral safety switch or the ignition switch.[/QUOTE

    Looks like it's the neutral safety switch My poor lady is on her way to my favorite mechanic since both my repair manuals say it takes a special tool to remove and replace the silly thing without damaging it Some days I HATE the Ford engineers
    1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo-charged 5-speed.
    Owned 22 years.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Posts
    218
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tbird232ci View Post
    I have had similar issues a while back with the clutch switch.
    Thanks! I'm assuming that a clutch switch and a neutral safety switch are the same thing???
    1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo-charged 5-speed.
    Owned 22 years.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Olathe, Kansas
    Posts
    2,374
    Feedback Score
    3 (100%)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CougarGal View Post
    Thanks! I'm assuming that a clutch switch and a neutral safety switch are the same thing???
    That is what I would assume. I use the terms interchangeably.
    Mike

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Westminster, MD
    Posts
    978
    Feedback Score
    4 (100%)

    Default

    I usually refer to a neutral safety switch when talking about automatics, it ensures the trans is in park or neutral before allowing power to the starter solenoid. A clutch switch only allows power to the solenoid if it sees the clutch is pressed, as you can start a stick with it engaged in any gear you want. But both do the same job of not allowing the car to start with a whole drivetrain directly engaged which could let it take off accidentally.
    2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sport
    1988 Thunderbird sport
    2004 Ford F150 Lariat
    2007 Suzuki DR-Z400S dual sport/Supermoto
    1988 Thunderbird LX - sold
    1988 Mercury Cougar XR-7 with GST kit - gone

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •