1966 chevelle won't crank

40

Asked by Jan 26, 2017 at 09:12 PM about the 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just got a 1966 chevelle it was running fine i took it out the other day and as i
was stopped it just shut off, tried to start it and won't even turn over. Also my
headlight won't come on and the little clock on the dash stopped working, so
obviously its not getting power i just don't know what to check. I bought a new
battery and still no change any ideas of what to check? I can check the starter
but would that affect the lights and clock?? little confused and in need of help.

thank you,

10 Answers

70,355

A catastrophic failure like this is going to be at the battery or battery related. Check your battery cable connections at the battery and at the starter. Is this car original or has it been modified? Check your connections at the alternator as well. HTH. -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,355

Be sure that where the negative (-) battery cable bolts to the chassis is clean and tight. You may have to relocate it. HTH. -Jim

40

has been modified, it was a old drag car so battery has been relocated to the trunk. Ground seems to be tight down. I will have to check the starter connection, that was my original thought but wasn't sure.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
40

Also would a bad connection at the starter affect the light and clock?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,355

Definitely. Power comes into the car from the battery at the starter. So a bad connection there can kill everything. HTH. -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
40

Believe i found the problem, one of the wires to the starter was touching the exhaust and melted the wire through. gonna put a new wire in and see if it works.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,355

Ah, good work! Sounds like it could be the trouble! Double check your fuses and fuseable links as well. May have blown one. HTH. - Jim

40

Got the wire replaced and it started right up, thanks for the help.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,355

Awesome!! You're welcome. Glad to help. Thanks for letting us know!! -Jim

52,125

It's great when the problem turns out to be something simple.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Chevelle

Looking for a Used Chevelle in your area?

CarGurus has 2 nationwide Chevelle listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Chevrolet Chevelle Experts

  • #1
    Squatt
    Reputation
    700
  • #2
    LouB
    Reputation
    280
  • #3
    18TandSVT
    Reputation
    240
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
3 Great Deals out of 809 listings starting at $13,404
Used Chevrolet Corvette
658 listings starting at $4,450
Used Ford Mustang
8 Great Deals out of 1,126 listings starting at $1,250
Used Chevrolet Impala
135 Great Deals out of 1,046 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Charger
59 Great Deals out of 769 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
81 Great Deals out of 2,216 listings starting at $2,994
Used Pontiac GTO
2 listings starting at $13,900
Used Pontiac Firebird
21 listings starting at $8,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.