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1976 XJ6 starts then dies. Help please?

 
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:09 PM
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Default 1976 XJ6 starts then dies. Help please?

Started it for the first time this year. Ran fine. Went to put it in drive, it died. Tried to restart time and time again only with the same results. Starts right up, as soon as you disengage the starter/ignition into the (ON) position it immediately dies. Turn the ignition off, try to restart, same results. Ideas?
 
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I dont quite get you. Did the engine run without you touching anything, or did you run it on the starter engine?

Because if it dies after you let go of the key, I wouldn't say it runs. Just cranks maybe?

have you checked if there is fuel? In the tank, as well as getting to the engine? Is there a spark? Have you checked anything yet?
 
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I understand EXACTLY what is happening.

The "electrical section" of the ignition switch is loosing voltage when the key is returned to the IGN position from the START position.

Many, many threads on this in the archives.

That electrical section is removable from the lock section. It is held in place with a TINY phillips headed screw, that is more "felt" than seen.

Once out, and on the bench, place that section inside a plastic bag (I use a freezer bag), so the small spring and pawl dont fly across the workshop into obscurity, when its opened up.

Clean the contacts WELL, from all the dried up grease and goo. Reassemble and test.

I have done many over the years and all have come up 100%.
 
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Thanks for the help, its much appreciated. I'll try my luck on it this weekend and post the results.
 
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One can verify that by jumping 12v from battery + to coil + and cranking. I agree with Grant. But, would add that it may be merely a connector or a wire rather than a switch.


Carl
 
 
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