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Old 11-08-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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2004 Damon P32 Workhorse 8.1 wont't start

Two weeks ago, I start RV drove it about 3 miles came home and parked it! Went to start it yesterday, battery totally dead! Pulled battery, (dead cell) so bought a brand new battery, installed it, thinking problem was solved, wrong! Tried it all lights on dash, headlights, all working, turned over 1 time then nothing! It has a brand new starter, I don't have an on board generator( use portable)! But I have checked all fuses, breakers, and nothing is blowed or thrown! Tried jump starting with cables attached to new battery and also ground to frame and still nothing more than 1 turn over! Any suggestions???
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:52 AM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Wish I could help but I am far from being a mechanic! Hopefully someone will be along that can advise you!

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Old 11-08-2019, 01:32 PM   #3
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Check your connections, especially at the starter. The hot wire, ground and trigger wire connections have to be clean an tight. If you had a new starter put in by anyone but yourself they may have not cleaned the connectors or tightened the connections enough.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:40 PM   #4
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I believe I have read on here that the ignition switch itself sometimes causes this. I tried to do a forum search so that I could provide a link or two but as usual, couldn't get it to pull up what I was looking for.
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Check your connections, especially at the starter. The hot wire, ground and trigger wire connections have to be clean an tight. If you had a new starter put in by anyone but yourself they may have not cleaned the connectors or tightened the connections enough.
^^^This. Power comes to starter from chassis cut off...then to dash lights and switch. Had the exact same thing happen to our past '05 Vacationer. Had some corrosion between starter wiring and terminals. Cleaned up wiring w/new terminals - no problems there after.
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:56 AM   #6
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I had the same problem several years ago.


You have received the best advice from TheWoodBoss, "corrosion between starter wiring and terminals" and make sure they are snug.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:06 AM   #7
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Thank you, I have been reading forums for a couple of years, just never joined!! Have learned some valuable information on these forums!
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:17 AM   #8
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Thank you to all of you that have given me a way to go! I did put the starter on myself in June! It is raining at the moment but as soon as it stops, I am going to clean all wiring at starter, check it good and go from there! I am praying that is the problem, if not the next step is to pull the starter back off and test it! Definitely will report back! Again, Thanks for shaing your knowledge!
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:17 PM   #9
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Well guys, pulled starter even tho, it was brand new, one place told me starter was good, and another told me starter was bad (go figure)! So got another brand new starter, put it on, tried to fire her up and just clicking, so still not running! Gonna go out and check ignition switch, but I am stumped on this!
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Ok pulled ignition switch, no burnt places on plugs or switch! Any suggestions!
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Did that motor have the distributor that looks like 4 fingers flat out opposing sides.I had GMs vehicles "not truck"at around that year , one had large crank sensor one distributor with small regular cap.I remember one with cap ignition coil wire stud rotted turned to dust ran fine shut it off then no start.
It is still just no spark fight now.?
Its a GM truck motor there should many forums , videos how to troubleshoot no spark.
AutoZone can test ignition module.There is a ignition and pcm fuse I have never blow one if those.There's a reluctor in dist not often bad. Ignition module more likely. Ignition coil .. Someone already mentioned bad rotor and checking 12v to distributor. Also check carbon brush in dist. cap. Forget bad tach your motors not that vintage.
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Two weeks ago, I start RV drove it about 3 miles came home and parked it! Went to start it yesterday, battery totally dead! Pulled battery, (dead cell) so bought a brand new battery, installed it, thinking problem was solved, wrong! Tried it all lights on dash, headlights, all working, turned over 1 time then nothing! It has a brand new starter, Any suggestions???
In order to really locate the problem, you will need either a 12 volt test light or a voltmeter with a DC setting (house current is AC). With either of these, go to the starter and connect the tester using the red lead to the small wire at the starter and the black wire at a clean ground. Have someone try to start it and see if you have 12 volts at that terminal. If you do, then the starter is bad. If you don't, then it's time to take the test somewhere else. (be sure to do this test in Park and in Neutral). The next place I'd go is to the ignition switch. With the black lead grounded to a clean ground, insert the red lead into each wire on the back of the ignition switch, turn it on and then to start. One of the wires will not come on until the ignition switch is in the start position. If none of them do this, then the ignition switch is bad. If one does, then it's time to determine how the Park/Neutral Safety switch works and diagnosis it. The electrical circuit that energizes the starter goes from the ignition switch, through the Park/Neutral Safety Switch and then to the starter (in most cases). The Park/neutral safety switch is usually connected to the shifter in the steering column, but it can also be located somewhere else (and connected to the shift linkage at that location)
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