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Old 07-28-2014, 07:18 AM   #11
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

The body is 1997 Corbeil body
I will look for the disconnect today.
No power, noise, or signals with power to the on position.
No start in neutral or any other gears.
No clicks or noises under the hood or over head.


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Old 07-28-2014, 03:38 PM   #12
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I got the van started.

The problem ended up being a bad starter relay. It was located in the above head compartment. Also the the igintion switch was disconnected.

I am know trying to get the heat and AC to work and bus specific lights.
It seems like the control panel has been disconnected and the factory controls don't work.

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Old 07-29-2014, 07:10 PM   #13
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

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I got the van started.

The problem ended up being a bad starter relay. It was located in the above head compartment. Also the the igintion switch was disconnected.

I am know trying to get the heat and AC to work and bus specific lights.
It seems like the control panel has been disconnected and the factory controls don't work.

thanks
It's running!! That's half the battle.

When I removed my bus electrical switch panel my heat & AC dash switches stopped working. Look for under-hood wires at the far left side of the engine compartment going to the heat and AC system which have been cut and spliced with those crimp-on electrical connectors. Once I re-connected the factory wiring everything worked normally.

Autozone's website has downloadable wiring diagrams for most vehicles. Knowing the stock chassis wire color codes will make your job much easier.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #14
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I got the Bus home it made the 4 hour trip.

I ran into a few problems that I may need some more help to resolve. I will try and describe them in the order of most important to the least important.

Brakes

The brakes work but a several times during the 4 hour drive the pedal would get soft during braking. The brake pedal would get soft and get close to the floor. It seemed to only happen when the engine was turning lower RPMs. The fluid level is high and it doesnít seem like an issue with the pads. Does it sound like the brake booster pump is the problem?

AC/Heat/Fans

None of the climate control features are working. I am hoping this is an easy fix like a fuse. Can anyone tell me which fuses control AC/Heat and the fan blower? Should the Ford factory controls work to control the Heat and AC and the Corbeil Bus controls at the same time?
It seems like someone removed a radio. I have three connections that seem like they would connect to the back of a radio. The radio is not an issue at the moment, but if it only requires two connections then I need to track down the where the third disconnected wire bundle goes.

Bus Body Lights

It seems like someone disabled the bus body lights. The stop sign, the front arm that swings out and none of the bus body lights work.
I see a cut telephone style wire under the dash. I have three yellow wires coming down the driverís side pillar that donít go anywhere.
In the panel above the driver head that contents the wiring for the body some of the connections are unplugged.
The body is a Corbeil body. It would be great if someone could post a few pictures of the circuit board in the bus wiring compartment. Is it odd that nothing seems to be clearly labeled beyond the color of the wire?

Overall the bus is in great condition. It just hit 90,000 miles on the drive home. The transmission and engine worked perfectly. The body is clean and dent free.

Thanks for any help that is provided
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

If your brake pedal was intermittently getting hard (losing power assist) at idle I'd suspect a weak vacuum pump, but yours is going soft which suggests air somewhere in the lines. How one would get intermittent air in the system is a mystery to me. Possibly something to do with the ABS system.

Do your tail lights, turn signals and brake lights work?

The E vans have two chassis fuse boxes - one under the dash near the steering column for the low draw stuff and another in the right side of the engine compartment which houses the heavy duty fuses and relays. The bus body usually adds another fuse box which confuses the situation even more.

My 2000 E-450 manual shows two light switch fuses:

1) In the under-dash box - #10 fuse (20A) main light switch

2) In the engine compartment box - #15 fuse (40A) main light switch

The fact that the headlights work suggests disconnected wiring. The wiring harness in my Eldorado had the individual wires fairly well marked but just the same I did a lot of wire tracing.
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