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Old 10-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy 1992 Southwind Power Problem

We have a Southwind Motor home it has sat unstarted for atleast 4 years. We purchased it 2 weeks ago and cannot get it to start. Before we replaced the ignition switch you could manually activate the switch but now there is no power to the dash or the fuse box that is underneath the dash. Did we blow something when we replaced the switch? I have checked the fusible links and they seem ok. We used to atleast have power to the dash but now there is no power at all. The inside lights still work as well as the stairs. We can crank the motor with a remote starter switch. The batteries are new and fully charged. HELP!!! It has a ford 460 engine with about 30,000 miles on it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like a bad starter solenoid or the wire from the ignition switch to the solenoid is bad.
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my husband dosn't think it is the solenoid is there a way to check it? He did put two 12volt batteries in instead of 2 6volts and a 12 volt. This didn't fix the starting problem. It used to click but now there is no power at all. He is checking the ground wires to see if that helps.
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on the batteries should the positive and negative poles be hooked together or opposite?
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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on the batteries should the positive and negative poles be hooked together or opposite?
Two six volt batteries are to be hooked + on first bat to - on second bat and - on first to + on second bat.

I hope he labeled the cables and wires he took off the 2 six volt bats he removed. Without that knowledge it's going to be hard to help you at a distance.
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Bob,

If you are hooking the two 12V batteries together, you want the 2 + poles hooked together and the 2v - poles hooked together (parallel). If you hooked them up like 2 6v (series) batteries you put 24V on your ignition circuit, and that could have fried your distributor electronics and/or your fuseable links.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:32 AM   #7
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You should find the starter solenoid on the fire wall. You can ck it by jumping across the two large wires, which is what the solenoid does. Use a set of jumper cables or large diameter wire
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Bob, post your question in the Ford chassis forum and you will get some good advice.
Just scroll down until you see the forum and ask away.
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