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Old 02-04-2016, 12:07 PM   #11
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Starting issue

Did you fix the starting issue? If so, what was the solution?
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:51 PM   #12
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Was this issue fixed. Having the same exact problem with my 97 bluebird all American. Description fits exactly. Please let us know what the solution was.

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Old 08-15-2016, 12:55 PM   #13
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School buses have all kinds of interlocks so that they won't start when various doors and escape hatches are open, including roof hatches. Probably first place to start looking. There have been lots of posts about this kind of thing from people who have unhooked some switch or other and bus won't start.
I'm wondering if this is the problem I'm having but when I turn the key it attempts to turn over and just won't do it. I tried to start my first bus with an emergency door open and the key did nothing at all. This is what's making me think this is a mechanical issue. Working on bypassing the relay for the emergency door now either way. Any advice would be deeply appreciated!
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:36 PM   #14
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Beth - If you turn the key and the starter attempts to spin the engine then I'd say check your battery/s. If you turn the key and nothing happens then you may have an interlock issue.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:07 AM   #15
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Yes, got the bus back in operation. My issue was with the two cables that joins the two positive and negative cables together. They were compromised and no longer worked correctly. Replaced the two short cables and the bus fired right up.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:10 AM   #16
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:41 AM   #17
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control panel

Hey skoolies I'm back. I have another issue that I just started looking at. Nothing from my control panel works. No fans, No dome lights, No strobe light, no wipers. The blinkers and front lights work. I'm going to start to dive into these wires and find where the main power comes into the control panel or if there is a fuse that is out. Any help with photos or videos out there? manuals that are easy to follow the electrical schematics.
Second. When I turn the key I there still is no turn over on the starter, but when I cross the solenoid I can get the bus to turn over.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:46 AM   #18
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My bus batteries needed replacement. Once replaced, bus works great. Had the new batteries connected now for a month and bus fires up great everytime
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Old 10-15-2016, 03:04 PM   #19
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My Thomas has two solenoids in the control panel. One for starting and one for everything else. I hear a distinctive thunk sound when I turn my key. I would look at those first if you have them.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:32 PM   #20
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Well when i turn the key i hear a click in the control panel. When i try and turn over the bus i get nothing. But i can start it from crossing the two solinoids. The dome lights hardly work. When i pull the middle switch a few turn on very dim.and if i follow that with another switch they all turn off. And i just put new batteries in an hour ago. The head lights work, blinker. Just nothing works assoicated to the panel.
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