Help me with a starting checklist on this 1953 Buick Special Series 40

Hello, I have a 1953 Buick Special Series 40. What is the series of check lists between the ignition to the starter to check what the problem might be? Thank you

You need to tell all of us exactly what your problem is, in full detail.


Are you aware that the starter switch on the Buick is in the carburetor? To start this car, with the shifter in park or neutral, you turn the ignition switch to the “on” position and press the accelerator to the floor. This sets the choke and engages the starter.


Who knew? I’ll have to look at my 50’s Motors manual.

@old_mopar_guy. I had a 1954 Buick Special. The starter engaged when the accelerator was depressed about 1/3 of the way down when the ignition switch was turned to the ‘on’ position. This also set the choke. If the engine was flooded, you pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor which opened the choke plate.

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And I’ll add to @Triedaq’s explanation that a vacuum diaphragm opens a switch to disconnect the starter once the engine starts.

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