Help! Nothing on Steering Column Works!
I have a 1975 Chrysler Cordoba that has been running strong for 28 years
now but suddenly decided to quit! I was gone on vacation and my car needed
to be moved. Upon opening my car, it was discovered to have a dead battery.
My dad tried to jump it, and the lights inside came on and the clock began
to run again (old mechanical clock); however, when the key was turned
nothing would happen. No ignition buzzer, no lights, no starter response.
It all appeared dead. My dad decided to let the battery charge a little
longer, and when he came back to the car he said that the cab had smoke
drifting through it. He said it did not smell like burning wiring though
(we're both mechanics and adept at detecting electrical fires :p). He
immediately disconnected the charger and before too long the battery went
dead again. When I returned from vacation, I tried to start my car, along
with jumping it and everything I could think of. I didn't see any smoke,
but I also noticed that my horn didn't work either. It almost appears that
all functions on my steering column are dead. I checked under the dash and
didn't see anything burned. At this point I'm stumped and have no idea
where to go. I really am not wanting to tear the dash apart till I get some
Thanks Oh So Much!!!
I read your post three or four times before typing this reply. Here's the
part that really catches my attention. You state that you and your father
are both "mechanics". If that's the case why are you in a forum looking
for answers instead of diagnosing the car?
Oddly enough sitting here in front of my computer I can't see your car, you can. I also don't have any idea what you looked at under the dash, you do. I haven't tested your battery, checked your charging and starting systems, or looked for any obvious damage. And I'll bet you haven't either. When you have a path to follow, if you still need help, I'll be happy to try.