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Old 06-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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2001 Safari Cat 330 problem

Have 2001 Safari Cat 330. Batteries were low so I took them and had charged. Everything works all lights and and dash lights up. The starter will do nothing. I cleaned all the connections at the batteries. So does anyone know if there is a in line fuse that could had blown. Or anything else that could have happened. Thanks

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Old 06-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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I would suggest you check the connection on the starter solenoid, then the starter motor and see what you have for power.

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Old 06-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Did you just charge the house batteries or did you also charge the chassis battery?
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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I charged the chassis batteries. They were new last Nov. All the batteries check out good. Not the batteries. I havn't checked the starter solenoid. Really don't know where it is located.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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On our Dutch Star with Cummins we had a no start condition. Batteries were new about a month before.
Turned out to be a bad starter, $700 tow (paid by Coach Net) and $1006 for a new starter. On a Cummins you can't just buy a starter solenoid from them, it's a whole starter assembly. But Grainger might have one.
Hopy yours is cheaper to fix than ours was!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:27 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have a man coming Sat to look at it. Sure don't need a $1000 repair bill.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #7
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Probably dead Chassis batteries or very low. Either way/reason, the alternator probably was NOT charging them while the engine was running. I experienced a similar problem developing last time I had an appointment to have work done on my 97 Serengeti/Cat300. Started fine, but I noted the step was a bit slow retracting. Didn't think about it until I was halfway to the RV Fixit place. I always monitor the Intelli-Drive and noted that the alternator output was only around 12 vdc and sometimes 11 vdc. When I got to the RV Fixit Place, I told the tech about the reading. Instead of jumping right into what I was scheduled for, put a multimeter on it. He said he could giggle the "Sense Wire" and get a good 13 vdc reading but it would drop back to the lower setting. He diagnoise it as a bad/corroded sense wire connector. Cut the old one off and put a new one on and waaaaaaaaa la consistent good reading.

By the way, please drop by the two Safari Yahoo websites and Join The Zoos. Lots of good Safari Info and helpful folks to boot.

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