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Old 04-21-2016, 11:37 AM   #11
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Hey all, thanks so much for your help so far, we're still trying to learn all the ins and outs of owning a bus.

We tipped the battery on it's side and had no leaks, I used a bit of rubber sealant around the terminal just in case. However, today we went to start our bus, and it won't turn over. The engine only gives a rev or two before going dead. When I turn the key all of the dash lights flicker which makes me think its an electrical problem. However, upon testing the battery it read 11.6 V, and we tried jumping it with a friends car to no avail.

We're considering going to buy another battery just to try it out, unless anyone here has some advice for some rookie skooliers.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:20 PM   #12
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Hey all, thanks so much for your help so far, we're still trying to learn all the ins and outs of owning a bus.

We tipped the battery on it's side and had no leaks, I used a bit of rubber sealant around the terminal just in case. However, today we went to start our bus, and it won't turn over. The engine only gives a rev or two before going dead. When I turn the key all of the dash lights flicker which makes me think its an electrical problem. However, upon testing the battery it read 11.6 V, and we tried jumping it with a friends car to no avail.

We're considering going to buy another battery just to try it out, unless anyone here has some advice for some rookie skooliers.
If there's something like a battery warehouse close by I have seen where they can melt a new post on for you.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:37 AM   #13
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12 v systems need 12 v to run properly. Charge the battery and see if it comes up to, say 12.7 v. If it doesn't, then it's the battery. Also while you are in there, clean up any connections, especially the ground. Lots of electrical issues have been solved by cleaning and re attaching a ground.

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Old 04-22-2016, 01:03 PM   #14
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Right on Doc. I'm a big believer in preventative maintenance, which used to be the PM of my days long before internet.
Any problems with the battery voltage can be an indication that something has been damaged. If you've ever taken a battery apart you know how fragile the plates and connections are.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:14 PM   #15
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Check battery voltage. Good battery will show 12.6 volts when fully charged. When connecting a heavy cable, first use about 3 nice flat washers, then the cable and another flat washer and finally a good hex nut. All copper is great. Keep the top of any battery dry and clean with paper towels.
To find any battery leak or phantom leak..... Disconnect negative cable from battery. Connect any 12volt lite or horn or buzzer between battery post and the cable end. If there is a leak, the horn will honk or buss or lite will be on. Always finds leak by slowly disconnect any load until lite stops liting... Frank Idaho
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To find any battery leak or phantom leak..... Disconnect negative cable from battery. Connect any 12volt lite or horn or buzzer between battery post and the cable end. If there is a leak, the horn will honk or buss or lite will be on. Always finds leak by slowly disconnect any load until lite stops liting... Frank Idaho
I just saw this, but that is a great idea!
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