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Old 10-15-2018, 06:44 PM   #1
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Help! On the road far from home and will not start!

Been on the road for nearly a week. No problems. Stopped at a rest area for 5 minutes.

Went to restart bus and no crank.

Plenty of battery. Stared fine multiple times today. Checked all fuses and swapped some relays.

Last summer had a cable lug break on the alternator, so thought maybe I had something similar happen on the starter but so far cannot find any cables that arenít secure.

In 1.5 years owning never had a starting problem. No recent mods or electrical work.

I am at a rest area in Ohio on hwy 30 eastbound close to slabtown road.

Maybe this link works?

https://maps.app.goo.gl/khExk1sX7eVUNfky2

Any advice or assistance much appreciated!

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Old 10-15-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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Do you have a test light or electric meter? If so test power to the starter both main power and the solenoid wire. Key has to be in start position to test for power to the solenoid. If no meter or test light you can jump from the main power terminal on the starter to the solenoid terminal and see if it cranks. Use a short piece of wire or if there is room a screwdriver. Just be careful about what you touch. There are a lot of amps here. It may or may not start so be prepared.
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Do you have a test light or electric meter? If so test power to the starter both main power and the solenoid wire. Key has to be in start position to test for power to the solenoid. If no meter or test light you can jump from the main power terminal on the starter to the solenoid terminal and see if it cranks. Use a short piece of wire or if there is room a screwdriver. Just be careful about what you touch. There are a lot of amps here. It may or may not start so be prepared.


Thanks for responding! I do have a meter, but no way to do both key and meter at once. I have wire and a screwdriver but my starter looks different that ones I have seen so not sure which terminals Iím looking for.

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If those are positive cable connections in the pics, it is no wonder there is no power. Atrocious, but not something to fix alongside the hwy.

Try as Ronnie says to short the start solenoid and be careful doing that.
Get the bus home and clean both pos and neg terminals/cable ends wherever they are. Go right through the whole system and clean it up.
Good luck George. Watching as this progresses.



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Iím trying to figure out which terminals to bridge. I see a + stamped on the end of one of the studs, but donít know where to go to. Certainly donít want to accidentally short to ground.
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the one with the positive on it should be from the battery, and would be main power to the starter. It is hard to see in the picture but there should be a small wire 12 gauge or so that actually engages the solenoid this is what you want to jump to.
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looking at the end view, think it is just to the left of the + terminal and much smaller.


You may have to take apart and clean the connections. Yes better done at home as it is possible to twist off the studs. However if you take it apart , disconnect the battery first!!!!!
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Got it to start with a screwdriver! You guys were right!
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