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Old 07-08-2019, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hey everybody new post here, first timer. So introduction recently we bought a 1996 International Thomas Diesel Skoolie. After driving it back from Wisconsin to the place we are going to work on it we have having some mechanical issues. Iíve scoured the web and have found little to no help.

Anywho, after driving and starting the bus multiple times now we are getting no crank, and no start. The bus isnít even getting enough power to open or close the electronic doors. After assuming it was the battery we took it into Autozone and gave it a proper charge, first thing that I noticed is the bus only has 1 12V battery, and Iíve seen a lot of people having 2. Anyways the charge and battery were fine but we still are having the same problem. The dummy check engine light comes on and the fuse relays just click rapidly, still no power. I know itís not the rear door or hatch thatís not allowing it to start because thatís happened before and the buzzer isnít even going off. I suspect a dead or not grounded cord somewhere but I donít have any diagrams or anywhere to even start?

Any help guys?
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:41 PM   #2
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I've had similar experiences with my Thomas Built. Here are the solutions that resolved the problem for me:
1] Ground strap. Mine looked and felt tight by hand, and after grinding grot into my hair, testing for current at the starter, I double checked it, only to find the ground was glued to the frame by a goopy black visvid substance. Scraping, degreasing, topped off with reconnecting it, after applying a judicious dollop of dielectric grease, and, VROOM!
I'd clean and double check the other battery connections while you're at it.
2] Kick in the pants. This is really bizarre, but it worked! If there is a loomed bundle of wiring harness coming down from the dash in the corner of the firewall by your left foot, give it a good, swift kick!
No, but tap the wires, gently, with your toe, and try it again.
Ripley's time, I know! Believe it, it worked!
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Go to your profile and populate the list with location, bus specs, the whole schmeggegy!
It's doubtful, this time of year, that you'd need TWO batteries to start, but all I know for sure is you drove it from WI. Where to? North of the Arctic Circle. May need both, then...
PS: I presume AutoZone performed a load test on the battery, giving it a clean bill of health?
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:13 PM   #3
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I drove it from Wisconsin to Minnesota and thanks for the timely response! Iíll make sure to give that a try, I know it must be a problem with the wiring or a grounding issue somewhere but I have hardly any knowledge so itís like trying to find a needle in a haystack even though I donít know what a needle looks like.

And Iíll update all that info! Thank you!!!
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:58 PM   #4
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