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Old 07-12-2016, 07:10 AM   #1
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07 Gulfstream Hard to start

I have an 07 Gulfstream Crescendo and it won't start unless I hit the aux batt switch on the right side of dash. When I turn the key, the Light on the chassis battery disconnect goes dim or out and then nothing until I hit the other battery with and then I can start but still sounds like the batteries are dead. hard to start. I think it's a solenoid but which one? There are so many in the back panel. I have brand new chassis batts and the house batts are fairly new too.
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Before replacing solenoids, are all battery connections clean and bright, including ground connections? That would be my first step in solving the problem. Also, taking voltage readings to be sure the batteries are giving their all.

The solenoids can be figured out if you have someone else trigger the solenoids while you listen and feel for which one is 'clunking' when activated. Again, voltage readings across the solenoid's terminals can help determine if it's connecting or not.
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A new battery can be bad. They should be charged and checked with a good battery tester. There are several places that do free battery testing. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you find.
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Smile Replaced batteries

Well, I've replaced the batteries but before the distributor would replace them, under warranty only 4 months old, they wanted to charge them up for a day and put a load test on them. After 24 hours, I went to them and the batts were charged and tested.... they were good! I begged to replace them so I was absolutely positive it wasn't the batteries. They finally replaced them for me. I installed them and SAME PROBLEM!

I am now trying to trace the wiring to locate the problem. All terminals are clean and bright. It's tough to trace the wires as they go into the panels and firewalls. Does anybody have a good chassis starter wiring diagram for an 07 Gulfstream Crescendo class A diesel pusher?

Thank you all for your help in advance. If I can fix it without taking it to my local dealer, I would be very grateful!
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The ignition switch triggers a solenoid to power the engine. A second relay might trigger the starter solenoid. I don't know where those solenoids are, but commonly in a box with fuses near engine.
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