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Old 01-13-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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My friends 2001 Alpine coach is having problems starting. He says that when he turns the key to the on position he has no dash lights and he has to use the battery boost buttion in order to start the engine. He also says that he just replaced the starter solinoid in the rear side compartment and still has the same problem. Any ideas would be very helpful. Chassis batteries are new and fully charged.
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My friends 2001 Alpine coach is having problems starting. He says that when he turns the key to the on position he has no dash lights and he has to use the battery boost buttion in order to start the engine. He also says that he just replaced the starter solinoid in the rear side compartment and still has the same problem. Any ideas would be very helpful. Chassis batteries are new and fully charged.
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Your friend might start by checking the chassis battery ground. After a few years, stuff can build up and interfere w/ the connections. Good luck!
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Sammy,
if the coach starts through the booster but not the regular chassis battery, I am thinking two things.
The connection of the chassis batteries somehow is not correct.
or there could even be a dead cell in a new battery.{Been there before}
If you have a volt ohm meter you can check in different area's to see if the battery's voltage is proper.Start close by just making sure each Battery is putting out 12 volts.{dead cell} Then work your way farther off the batteries down the different battery terminal wires. My thinking is somewhere along the line a connection is not correct or more likely, the connection just is not conducting do to a open/corrosion or something like that.
Just by what you say, you can eliminate the key switch/starter solenoid.
So concentrate on the above two ALSO Since it was already mentioned by Skip, that ground connection is the Number 1 thing I would check first. The corrosion will always show up there sooner or later where the negative battery wire is grounded to the chassis.So make sure that negative chassis connection is really solid and has continuity.
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The volt meter may not show discontinuity across a connection of this type. You may have sufficient continuity to show voltage passes per the meter, but the 500 or so starting amps may not pass thru a challenged connection. You will do best IMO to put a wrench to any clean connection, and to disassemble, clean and reassemble any filthy or corroded ones.
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