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Old 03-06-2019, 07:53 PM   #1
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1988 Bounder electrical problems (Won't run, HELP)

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My bounder (and my home) has always run like a champ! Two days ago it would not turn over. Rev... putter click click click coming from the starter. I put a new battery in it and cleaned the terminals, same issue. Tried to jump start it, same issue. I pulled the starter off had it bench tested, and it's fine. I put the starter back on tried to jump it again, and now for some reason if I jump it and start it with the aux start it will fire up, however once I disconnect the jumpers, it runs for 30 seconds or so and then dies as if the key were turned off. Any help or ideas will be GREATLY appreciated. Thx guys.

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Old 03-07-2019, 06:54 AM   #2
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You will like it here. First suggestion is to create a signature at the bottom of your messages (automatically put there by the system on each post) that has all the pertinent information about your rig so people can better understand your setup before giving answers.

Is your Bounder on a Workhorse chassis?

One thing to check is the starter interlock unit on the side of the transmission.
It makes sure that the transmission is in the correct gear before it allows you to start the engine. On my Workhorse, it had worked loose and was far enough out of the multi-pin socket to create a "no start" situation. Good luck!

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Old 03-09-2019, 06:41 AM   #3
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Since this is a 1988 There was only Chevy and Ford, No workhorse. If this is a Chevy P32 I would check the continious duty solenoid on the support arm on the engine. I can't remember if it is on the alternator or AC support arm. I believe it is the alternator support arm. It is on the passengr side of the engine at the top.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:24 PM   #4
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I am not sure if this is a Chevy P 32 nor do I know what that designates sry. But there is definitely a solenoid on the alternator support arm (2nd picture) which I completely disconnected and tested, it works fine.
There are two solenoids and a Isolator relay delay mounted to the firewall (see picture) One is a three terminal one is a 4 terminal with only one of the smaller terminals having a wire conected, I dont understand this but its the way its always been And I've never had a problem until now. Today I purchased a new starter solenoid which changed nothing except for now when I hit the auxiliary start nothing happens and I am completely unable to start my bounder. Same results with the Aux start with the old solenoid replaced. If I cannot get this thing started it will be towed and I will be xxxxed, so help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2019, 08:46 AM   #5
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I should definetly make a check at the grounding points for the engine. Corrosion and/or looseness may cause this troubles!
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