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Old 09-06-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Engine dead

Everything was ok. Routine start, find dashboard dead - no lights of any kind. Engine will not turn over. Emergency switch (for house battery booster) no effect. Remote panel shows batteries ok. Genset runs perfectly. Any ideas? THANKS!!!
It's a 36', 2001 model. Chassis batteries are less than 2 yrs old and are sealed.
You can hear the solenoids clicking, both to start engine and to use emergency. Where is the ignition solenoid?
Transmission is automatic.
Thanks to all for sending ideas.

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:35 PM   #2
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What year is your Alpine? Check the chassis batteries. The remote battery panel usually does not display chassis battery voltage.

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:42 PM   #3
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My engine would do nothing last week when I turned the key, checked everything I could think of. Turns out it was a 30 amp fuse that is located in a pigtail on top of my batteries, only cost $210.00 to find this out.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:44 PM   #4
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If the dash is dead and battery voltage is OK, the IGNITION SOLENOID is the likely suspect.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #5
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Try moving the tranny shift lever down and up.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:49 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Shellback1 View Post
Try moving the tranny shift lever down and up.
Sorry, not shift lever-- this is a DP with Allison 3000 transmission.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:14 PM   #7
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I would have someone check the Starter to see if you have 12 volts at the starter and see if the Solenoid is receiving 12 volts when the key is moved to the start position. If the solenoid is receiving 12 volts it could be a bad starter and/or solenoid. Also check the ground cables they can also cause this type of problem.

The new lighter replacement starter is a Delco Remy 39MT. I hope you find the problem easily and let us know what you find.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:58 AM   #8
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Ignition solenoid is behind panel, in front of passenger seat, under dash. The secondary starter solenoid is in the last compartment, passenger side, where the engine air cleaner is located. Think I would start with double checking the wires on the ignition switch [key] first to see that all is secure.....
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:22 AM   #9
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Check battery cables. Ive had one corroded in two right at the end. Looked almost like it had been cut.

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