Will an inertia switch kill all the electrics in the car? Starter, dash, radio, etc.?

20

Asked by Jul 27, 2016 at 09:45 PM about the 1987 Ford Bronco II

Question type: General

1987 Bronco II foot slipped off the clutch peddle in traffic, car shut off
immediately, would not restart, no dash lights, no starter, no radi....reset the
inertia switch, lights came back on but went off when I tried to start it, No lights
since then. Is the inertia witch capable of shutting the electrical system off for
entire car? What else could it be?

4 Answers

47,755

Check to see if the battery moved and loosened the cable(s).

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20

Bob, No, I was only going a couple of miles an hour, but when my foot slipped off the clutch the car naturally stopped as the tranny engaged and lurched. I checked all the connections and everything was fine and no corrosion. I did notice that in the past someone had damaged the inertia switch chipping a hole in the front plastic cover . So I suspect this was an issue with a precious owner. Whatever it is the entire electrical system seems to be off. I reset the switch several times at at one point the dash lights came back on but as soon as I turned the ignition switch everything shut down and has not come back on despite resetting and tapping on the switch.

95,025

Go with what Bod stated about the battery and cables, that lousy black corrosion can cause all kinds of stuff like you are having. The next thing to check would be the ignition switch, as it is located down the steering column close to the clutch pedal, it could have been jarred loose or is coming apart as they sometimes do on these older Fords. HTH

47,755

Inertia switch controls power to the fuel pump or fuel pump relay not the whole vehicle.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Bronco II

Looking for a Used Bronco II in your area?

CarGurus has 19 nationwide Bronco II listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Ford Bronco II Questions

Ford Bronco II Experts

#1 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 590
#2 Andrew Olsen
Andrew Olsen
Reputation 230
#3 Colin Rivet
Colin Rivet
Reputation 220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Bronco
203 listings
Used Ford F-150
2,059 Great Deals out of 207,339 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Ranger
176 Great Deals out of 5,676 listings starting at $950
Used Jeep Wrangler
262 Great Deals out of 16,543 listings starting at $2,590
Used Ford Mustang
543 Great Deals out of 45,845 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Blazer
3 Great Deals out of 1,188 listings starting at $1,820
Used Toyota Land Cruiser
11 Great Deals out of 1,034 listings starting at $3,700
Used Chevrolet Camaro
243 Great Deals out of 31,194 listings starting at $369
Used Jeep Cherokee
471 Great Deals out of 43,871 listings starting at $2,497
Used Chevrolet S-10
5 Great Deals out of 1,310 listings starting at $2,695
Used Ford Thunderbird
19 Great Deals out of 1,072 listings starting at $5,991
Used Toyota 4Runner
258 Great Deals out of 19,021 listings starting at $2,500

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.