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Be ready to purchase an ECM, costly.
Thanks. that's pretty much what I figured but he wanted to check ifif I might have missed something.
Is there a fusible link that might have burned out? It looks like aregular wire. There was a wire connected to the positive battery cableconnector that ran along the inner fender and then to the firewall. Inth emiddle of this was a red wire with a connector on each end thatwas aprt of that wire's circuit. It was made so that if it got toomuch current, it would get hot and melt the wires. It acted as aslow-acting fuse.In my case I caught it fast enough to prevent it from burning out. Theinsulation cover melted for the most part so I wrapped it withelectrician's tape and it lasted as long as I had the car. Assuming that there might be one of these, I would think it would bevisible somewhere near the battery or running from a powerdistribution block of some sort. If it doesn't have one, then you might have fried the ECU or somethingelse that prevents the car from starting. Does it have power to anything else except the starter circuit? Do theheadlamps, interior lights, brake lights, radio, wipers, washer, etc.,work OK? If they don't, the trouble may be something other then theECU since that doesn't control the lights and accessories circuits.Then you could test for voltage at various points along the wiringharnesses to see where the circuit no longer connects to the batterybecause of an open circuit. Find where it's open and you may havefound the problem. It could be a hidden (not easily visible) fuse orfusible link. If the lights and accessories do work, see if you can find the ECU andsee if it looks overheated. That's not a sure fire way to tell if it'sburned up inside, but if it looks like it's had heat applied to it,it's a good bet that it is gone.
that's an expensive mistake..oops!