Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Calvert County, MD
When you say won't start, what exactly are you telling us? If you hit the starter button does the engine turn over? Does the engine turn over but the ignition isn't getting fire? I'm just trying to get a handle on exactly what is the best way to help if we can.
I do agree the little blue connector is a problem waiting to happen if it isn't already a problem, I'd see what this wire does and if possible get rid of it. Were the wires in question melted together so much the copper for each wire was actually touching one another?
I can't see from your pctures if someone replaced an ignition switch, and if they had done so, did they just twist these copper wires together? A poor connection definately builds heat, and with this size wire heat builds quickly. Are these connections soldered near the ignition switch? If not that's the very first thing I would do after making sure the insulation isn't missing somewhere down the line.
After looking at the main wiring and you're happy things are tight and the connections are done the right way I'd check a few other things before trying to start the engine.
1) Because the engine has tried to start there may have been a lot of fuel dumped into the engine fouling out the plugs, check these out to be sure they look ok, if not replace them.
2) Connect a plug wire to a plug, ground the plug to the engine block, crank the engine over. Do you see spark at the plug? If so is the spark a nice blue color? or is the spark a yellow looking color? Yellow indicates a weak spark possibly caused by a weak battery, or a bad connection. If there is no spark, you have another problem, this will need to be found before continuing. Let us know if you have no spark.
A bad starter will burn wires up in a heartbeat, if the bushings in the armature (the rotating element inside of the starter) allow the armature to drag the field pieces, this causes a lot of amp draw causing heat.
When trying to start an engine such as the one you have, if the starter seems ok when you hit the start button and spins freely. Do yourself a favor and don't keep running the starter continously, use it in short bursts of 3 to 5 seconds each time.
Just a few ideas, and suggestions. There are a lot more steps involved but you may not need each and every one to acchieve starting the engine. Let us know what happens and we may be able to help farther.
If something is already broken, what's the worst I can do by trying to fix it; break it more?