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Old 01-11-2019, 07:45 PM   #231
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Ok, I got new batteries installed. Threw the main breaker and the freewheeling sound started up just like before. I just turned everything off and went inside (I didn't try starting the bus).


So, now I'm really concerned. Did I break the starter?
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:55 PM   #232
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That sounds like welded contacts in the starter. With age the contact area lessens and they just weld from the heat and can't disconnect.


If you can safely crawl under with a bfh and give the starter a few whacks. Might free those contacts but likely will need removal.


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Old 01-12-2019, 01:55 PM   #233
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That sounds like welded contacts in the starter. With age the contact area lessens and they just weld from the heat and can't disconnect.

If you can safely crawl under with a bfh and give the starter a few whacks. Might free those contacts but likely will need removal.

John

I've been researching this for over two weeks now. Nowhere on the internet is the "contacts are welded" answer. This answer makes perfect sense to me.


Thank you so very much! I don't know if I can get under it, but I have a huge davenport in the floor above the engine, so I'll see if I can get to it that way.
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