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Old 07-05-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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2000 Allure Electrical - Help!

I have a 2000 Allure that just started shutting down. Driving down the road, tach and speedo start going crazy, volt meter drops and engine turns off, then it turns back on and everything is normal...scary! I had it running while getting fuel and it turned off on its own. I went to start it, turn the key and nothing (no cranking). Turn it again and it started up. Anybody experience this or have any ideas what could be wrong? The only thing I could think of was the low coolant shut off sensor, but the coolant is full and above the sight glass. Are there any other sensors that shut the engine down? Batteries are new and terminals are clean. It is at the shop and they are going to look at tomorrow but we have a weekend trip so I wanted to give them some ideas so we can make our trip. Driving this rig will keep you on your toes!
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What chassis is it on ????
ford chevrolet ect
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It's on the Dynamax chassis with an 8.3l cummins diesel.
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Check electrical connections on battery, disconnect switches and solenoids and especially ground cable to frame.
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Hope they can pull a code that will help. Yes to checking grounds, or for other loose wires. Especially with new batteries, something may have worked loose. Please let us know the results.
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Perhaps the alternator is acting weird? I believe it controls the tach.

The symptoms do sound like a loose wire. Is everything tight in the battery compartment and at the alternator?

The low coolant sensor can be a culprit on a hard curve on my rig, but not in a straight line.
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Just wanted to give everybody an update.

The obvious things like the batteries and related connections, output of alternator, etc. all checked out OK. So, I called the Country Coach tech hotline and based on the symptons, they recommended that I replace the ignition solenoid. They then told me exactly how to get to it and to buy a high quality replacement, not a $5 cheap unit. The new solenoid was installed and now everything works, with no issues at all.

Except, that as the coach was being backed out of the garage, the chassis A/C compressor seized up and broke the belt. So, we looked for a repalcement and couldn't find a number on the unit. We called the Country Coach tech hotline again and they told us the original manufacturer was out of business but gave us information on where to get a new unit that would work. They also had the bracket we would need for the new unit and is shipping that out to us.

Those guys are awesome!

So, I brought the coach in to replace the leaking hot water tank, which was fixed, and on the way home, the ignition solenoid went, and then after that was fixed, the A/C compressor seized up. I'm due for a break!
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The solenoid that CC referred to, is that the one in the engine compartment low down on the right side bulkhead? Looks like a Ford starter relay?
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Check electrical connections on battery, disconnect switches and solenoids and especially ground cable to frame.
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Sounds like a bad ground cable connection to me.
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The solenoid that CC referred to, is that the one in the engine compartment low down on the right side bulkhead? Looks like a Ford starter relay?
No, this relay is attached to the back of the panel on the dash across from the passenger seat. Take off that panel and the solenoid is attached to the back of it. After replacing, everything works perfect now.
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Sounds like you nailed it. A picture of the device would answer a lot of questions. If it is a solenoid it would have two large terminals and probably two small ones. Common failure items. In an emergency or troubleshooting situation you can stack all the large wires on one post which would bypass the solenoid.
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I just went through the same thing on my 97 Allure 36'.....it took me weeks with outside help to find the culprit. If you would like to give me a call I'll tell you what to look for and where.

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I have a 2000 Allure that just started shutting down. Driving down the road, tach and speedo start going crazy, volt meter drops and engine turns off, then it turns back on and everything is normal...scary! I had it running while getting fuel and it turned off on its own. I went to start it, turn the key and nothing (no cranking). Turn it again and it started up. Anybody experience this or have any ideas what could be wrong? The only thing I could think of was the low coolant shut off sensor, but the coolant is full and above the sight glass. Are there any other sensors that shut the engine down? Batteries are new and terminals are clean. It is at the shop and they are going to look at tomorrow but we have a weekend trip so I wanted to give them some ideas so we can make our trip. Driving this rig will keep you on your toes!
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