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Trying to start after key was left on?
#1287988 Sun Nov 18 2018 08:23 PM
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Hello everyone, I could not find in the search anything related to this. I have the 261 engine and had been firing up no problem for over a year. The last time I started it after I had made some adjustments it was great. The next day I go to start it and the key was left on, and now it will not fire, just turns over?! Any help would be great as I do not want to waste a lot of time trying to figure this out. There is plenty of gas in the tank and when turning over you can smell the fuel. I tried started with and without the choke possibly thinking it was flooding but to no avail.

Re: Trying to start after key was left on?
BigChevroletFan #1287989 Sun Nov 18 2018 08:37 PM
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You may have burned your points. Check/replace those first and then see if it will start.
Kent


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BigChevroletFan #1287990 Sun Nov 18 2018 08:41 PM
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If the engine stopped with the points closed and the ignition was left on, they're toast. Pop the distributor cap off and examine the points- - - - -I'll wager you're going to find them black and rough, unable to flow enough current to make the coil operate. You might get by temporarily by filing or sanding them, but that's only going to be a temporary fix for troubleshooting purposes.
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Re: Trying to start after key was left on?
Lightholder's Dad #1287992 Sun Nov 18 2018 08:46 PM
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Great, I will check those! Thank you Kent!

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Hotrod Lincoln #1287993 Sun Nov 18 2018 08:47 PM
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Ok, hopefully not but will definitely check there. Thank you Jerry!

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BigChevroletFan #1287999 Sun Nov 18 2018 10:54 PM
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Either the points or the coil, I did this once turned out to be both. Coil was hot to touch,points burnt black and welded together.

Re: Trying to start after key was left on?
BigChevroletFan #1288037 Mon Nov 19 2018 04:35 AM
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I agree with coil and points!

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BigChevroletFan #1288078 Mon Nov 19 2018 04:10 PM
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I did that once with Petronics ign. Blew the coil wide open. Lucky didn't start a fire. Oil was all over.

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