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Old 10-23-2019, 05:25 PM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Central Coast California
Posts: 2
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: FS65
Bad starter?

I'm pretty sure the starter is bad on my bus. She's a FRT FS65 2000 Blue Bird, and when I can get her to start, she runs great, but it's always a trial getting there.

The battery is fairly new, so I don't think it's that.

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Old 10-23-2019, 05:31 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 2,718
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
Is it not cranking all the time, just sometimes? What do you do to get it to crank?
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:46 PM   #3
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Join Date: May 2016
Location: Georgia
Posts: 2,264
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
Can you either (1) fill out your profile with engine and transmission info or (2) post this? Also can you describe the symptoms in more detail?

Is the starter spinning the engine every time it's supposed to? If not, have you tried messing with the shifter as you try to start the bus? (Sometimes the neutral safety switches get out of adjustment or wear out). Do you have door and window safety switches that prevent starting if something is open/locked/unlocked? (One might be making poor contact?) Is the starter turning slowly? (Assuming new batteries, there may be corroded connections?)
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:40 PM   #4
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Location: Manitoba Canada
Posts: 143
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Tomas
Engine: 7.3l
Rated Cap: 72
Check connections for corrosion, normal sign of it on its way out
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