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I came out this morning and noticed that my key was in the on position. Battery dead. Got a jump and the car started right up. There is a minor burning smell inside the cabin now. If I had burnt the points, would the car have started and run well?

The wagon has a fancy pants alternator in the genny case, so it wouldn't be an overheating voltage regulator.

Thanks y'all

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I did that once.

Burnt the points. 

The points were fused when it happened to me. 

Not a chance that mine was going to start. 

 

Not to say, that yours weren't burnt. 

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If it runs, don't worry about it.  If the points were open when the key was left on, then no problem; it the points were completely closed, then the coil will get hot and the ballast resistor will get real hot ---- the ballast resistor probably heated the firewall and that is where the odor is from.  Points that are barely closed will arc like a welder and burn...you can sometimes demonstrate by rotating the distributor with the ignition on.  If you can, charge the battery with a battery charger.  Alternators don't like to charge dead batteries.

Willie

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Got it. Was eating when you called. Thanks

Edit:

Honestly don't know how it was left on.

 

Maybe your navigator took her for a spin. :)

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I did that a few years ago. Mine were fused shut.

I came out Friday night at the Nationals to find my ignition on as well. Luckily, no ill effects that time. :)

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I did that a few years ago. Mine were fused shut.

I came out Friday night at the Nationals to find my ignition on as well. Luckily, no ill effects that time. :)

Hmm. That's weird. I know both of our cars were unlocked. I would like to think that it was just a coincidence, but I have had people mess with things before.

It's not going to affect how much I have loved my trip so far. Let's not travel down the path of what D's people can be...

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Honestly don't know how it was left on.

maybe a bunch of HAMMS????

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Big enough, a size 30 cube,  I reckon...

 

I think there was some fiddlin' with the cars on Friday night, because the cause of my dead battery Saturday was that the radio was left on...which I didn't use on the trip. Found that out Saturday evening after the show, it was just turned on, volume completely low... Hmmm..

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So that is two ignitions left on, a radio, and somebody stole something out of Larry's truck. Hate to think it...BUT, the ignitions being on is a Buick only feature implying member monkeying.

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Mine was an accident, I'm sure.  It was driven earlier that day by someone who may not have realized they left it on.

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I guess "somebody" might have been investigating the difference in "GEN" lights among the different model years?

On many of the really "modern" alternators, you really need to charge the battery before starting the vehicle after discharged battery. Why? When the alternator "sees" a dead battery, it goes to "full charge" immediately, which can cook the regulator quickly. I've known of some Ford alternators which failed for that reason, with GM strongly recommending not using the alternator to be a "battery charger" rather than as a "charge maintainer". But these newer alternators have at least the output of the earlier vehicles' charging system.

If a "headlight ON" buzzer an be easily added, what about tapping into the "GEN" light circuit?

Or perhaps a contact to the ignition cylinder as the later models did for the "Key in ignition" buzzer?

NTX5467

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