Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-20-2020, 11:22 AM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 1
Bus Won't Crank, No Lights or Dashboard Gauges

My bus started and ran perfectly several times before I began demolition work on it and cut the wiring to the emergency exits, overhead lights, and speakers. After 3 weeks of demo work and not trying to start the bus, I turned the key in the ignition and I got nothing: no dashboard gauge movement, no lights, and no crank.

I tried to jump start the battery with my truck, but I still got nothing, so I tested it with a multimeter. It reads 0.0 volts when it's hooked up to the battery cables, but if I remove the battery cables it reads around 3 volts.

I'm going to replace the battery today, but there's obviously something else going on since it reads 0 volts the moment I put the battery cables on the posts. Any suggestions?
SmithMS93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2020, 01:15 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
CHEESE_WAGON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,467
Year: None
Coachwork: None
Chassis: None
Engine: None
Rated Cap: None
Light switches left on or possibly a dead short from a pinched wire. Happens a lot when people screw wall framing into the metal body of the bus and inadvertently run a screw or drill through a wire hidden inside the wall.

You can also try cleaning the battery terminals with a wire brush or pouring Coca-Cola over them. By the way, most skoolies are going to have more than one battery and it doesn't take much for a dead cell in one battery to discharge the other.
__________________
"Cheese Wagon" <anomaly.va@gmail.com>

Former owner - 1989 Ford B700 64-pass Blue Bird (Rest In Peace, Cheese Wagon)
CHEESE_WAGON is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, crank, dead, start, won't

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×