I have a 1977 ford bronco that is grounding out somewhere

Asked by Apr 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM about the 1977 Ford Bronco

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have checked the starter and all the grounds checked the solinoid also checked the distributor and am now stumped

4 Answers

89,005

This system is fairly simple, you have a hot lead from the battery to the starter relay, through the relay when closed to the starter motor, the battery ground goes to the engine block with an auxiliary lead going to the body, there should also be an ground strap going from the engine to the body, usually towards the rear of the engine, then under the rig you should find at least one ground strap from the body to the frame. That should cover the main power and ground supply. What seems to be the exact problem?

When I turn the key all it does is click. The wires to the distributor get hot as well so it makes me think that there is a short somewhere

89,005

Was it retro-ed back to points or is it still stock distributor? If it has been retro-ed back to points, some warming of the wiring is normal, but if it is stock solid state ignition then the ignition module could be shorted out and that in turn will burn out the hall effect device inside the distributor. As far as the click when trying to crank, locate the point of the click, sometimes the starter relays will fail, they click but won't feed power to the starter, or if they are feeding it is greatly reduced voltage and amps, some of the Fords used 2 starter relays, one one the fender apron and the other on the starter itself.

Still the stock distributor. Thanks for the info managed to figure it out it was a bad alternator

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 1994 Bronco won't start 2 answers

    Having an interesting starting problem with my Bronco. 5.8 engine. Turn key to accessory, fuel pump charges, everything works. Turn key to start, it does nothing. No clicks, no turning over....

    1994 Ford Bronco XL 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford Bronco '91 won't start after warmed up... 13 answers

    So I have a beastly '91 Bronco and after I start it up and run it for a few minutes, if I shut it off, it won't restart again. It acts like the battery is weak and won't crank the engine enough to ...

    1991 Ford Bronco XLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What size fuel tank for a 1990 Bronco? 7 answers

    The LMC truck parts catalog shows a 32 gallon but I have never put that much fuel in it at one filling. I see that there is also a 25 gallon tank. How do I know which size to order? I see that I wil...

    1990 Ford Bronco XLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My car battery keeps draining 2 answers

    I have a 1988 Ford Bronco 2 that kept not starting and having a battery die so I changed the alternator and the starter but it still doesn't stay charged. What's wrong?

    1988 Ford Bronco

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How much should I ask for a 1975 Frod Bronco 4x4 302, 81,000 good shape 1 answer

    How much should I ask for a 1975 Ford Bronco 4x4, 302 automatic, 81,000, good shape

    1975 Ford Bronco

    -

    Shopping & Pricing

Bronco

Looking for a Used Bronco in your area?

CarGurus has 186 nationwide Bronco listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Ford Bronco Questions

Ford Bronco Experts

#1 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 400
#2 Js08016
Js08016
Reputation 160
#2 Clayton Cameron
Clayton Cameron
Reputation 160
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,403 Great Deals out of 210,248 listings starting at $895
Used Ford Mustang
333 Great Deals out of 45,576 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Blazer
1,117 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-250
480 listings starting at $3,975
Used Chevrolet Camaro
136 Great Deals out of 35,100 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale