Rabbits ate my overdive! LH wiring conundrum...

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Rabbits ate my overdive! LH wiring conundrum...

Post by larrylamb11 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:04 pm

Here's an unusual one! I am currently recommissioning my SE5a after a period standing, during which time a family of rabbits took up residence under the car and ate the wiring for the LH overdrive!

All I am left with is this........

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What's slightly tricky is I have THREE nibbled wires coming out of the main loom on the chassis and FOUR in the tape wrapped loom going to the inhibitor switch for the overdrive..... added to which I don't now have ANY wires coming out of the overdrive solenoid....

I can't tell which wires connected to what. I presume one of the four connected to the overdrive solenoid, but I have no idea which one. Is anyone able to tell me what colours the wires coming out of the main loom are supposed to be and their function and what colours the wires going to the inhibitor switch are supposed to be? Then which wires connect to which? Does the inhibitor switch also activate the reversing lights?

Somehow I need to get a connection back onto the solenoid..... is it possible to remove the solenoid (without losing all the oil in the overdrive unit) and then solder a new wire on? what do I need to watch out for in removing the solenoid?



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Rabbits ate my overdive! LH wiring conundrum...

Post by philhoward » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:23 pm

I'll answer the easy one first - yes, the inhibitor switch also does the reverse lights .

Wiring: Firstly, you need this: http://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/~nenoggins ... wiring.pdf

Green from the loom > reverse part of the inhibitor switch > green/brown in loom
Yellow/purple from loom > overdrive part of inhibitor switch > overdrive solenoid (via yellow/green from the switch).


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Rabbits ate my overdive! LH wiring conundrum...

Post by philhoward » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:30 pm

As for the solenoid wire that appears to be missing, pictures suggest the solenoid is under its own cover but no idea how much oil may (or may not) come out with it.. The solenoid appears to be readily available new (fitted to MGB) if there isn't enough left to solder a new wire to.


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