Electrical system failure

Asked by Aug 08, 2019 at 05:32 AM about the 1976 Dodge D-Series

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I drilled out my ignition switch because I lost
my keys and then after a few times of
starting it with a screwdriver the steering
column smoked a little bit and next my
lights quit working so i started to take off
steering wheel to repair ignition switch when
my glove box lights also then quit . Now i
have no electrical that works and no spark
to spark plugs when i try to jump startit from
solenoid on firewall.  Can anyone please
educate me on what i have to replace
please? ? Dodge Plymouth Desoto?  D-10

1 Answer


So the wiring shorted out and melted, that was what the smoke was from. You will need to check the fuses and wiring and replace and repair to get it started again. I would have the truck towed to a garage so they can get it fixed properly and working again. Short cuts like drilling and screwdrivers are not a good combination in the long run.

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