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Old 04-24-2015, 08:46 AM   #1
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1998 GMC 3500 Blue Bird short bus not starting

I am a newbie here and would appreciate any insight to my problem. I recently purchased a 1998 GMC shorty to used for tailgaiting and concert trips. The bus ran beautifully on its ride home, 200 + miles. Went to move it to start the customization and it won't start. I swapped out the battery thinking the battery may be old. All interior lights and dash light up. When I turn the key the dash buzzer comes on the dash lights, light up as they should. But when I try to crank it-nothing. I here a clicking noise above the driver seat in the accessory panel. There appears to be a solenoid? in the panel. Could this be the problem? I have had 2 other buses before, but they were not as new as this one. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:55 AM   #2
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Solenoid above your head is probably for the "coach" power and not part of the starting circuit. At least that's how mine is.
I had a similar problem and traced it to the starter motor on my 1997 e350 shuttle bus. I replaced the starter and now it cranks everytime. Whats your engine??
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. The starter was going to be my next step, but I do not look forward to changing it. I had 1994 e350 shuttle bus before this one with a 460 in it. It was a beast.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
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Did you lock any emergency exits?
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:12 PM   #5
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Good question Cal....seems like since it ran no problem before and now a problem that some switch is on/off that is preventing this bus from starting. Check doors, windows, roof hatches and make sure they are locked/unlocked as required when going down the road.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:38 AM   #6
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I just read another thread where someone ripped out all the wires and now the bus don't start. WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE DON'T EAT NO MEAT? That's OK, I make lamb. Sorry, I got sidetracked.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:38 AM   #7
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that would be me, some windows/ doors have a second lock, they have to be open so the emergency exits will open. leave the key on and mess with locks till the buzzer goes away. should have a buzzer by the lock you need to open or shut. there very mean here i can hear everyone laughing as i type
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