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Old 07-02-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Have a problem so I thought I would start with the experts who helped me so much before. My starter decided it wanted to stay on all the time, even when key turned off. Replaced starter (pain) replaced solenoid... Now I thought I took a picture of wires on solenoid (didnt stupid me) When I hooked it up I thought I did it correctly but the starter stayed on, it does turn off with the key though. I removed move of the cables I think for the battery assist just to check and it starts great however the amp light comes on and the amps are low on the dash. I have a 92 ford e350 class C with the 460 in it. If someone has a closeup of their solenoid wiring or could point in the right direction or to a good(cheap) rv mechanic near hackettstown,nj (iam on vacation and 2000 miles from home...sorry for the long winded post I am just getting tired of troubleshooting. Thank you again
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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Have a problem so I thought I would start with the experts who helped me so much before. My starter decided it wanted to stay on all the time, even when key turned off. Replaced starter (pain) replaced solenoid... Now I thought I took a picture of wires on solenoid (didnt stupid me) When I hooked it up I thought I did it correctly but the starter stayed on, it does turn off with the key though. I removed move of the cables I think for the battery assist just to check and it starts great however the amp light comes on and the amps are low on the dash. I have a 92 ford e350 class C with the 460 in it. If someone has a closeup of their solenoid wiring or could point in the right direction or to a good(cheap) rv mechanic near hackettstown,nj (iam on vacation and 2000 miles from home...sorry for the long winded post I am just getting tired of troubleshooting. Thank you again
I would start with the ignition switch. I suspect it has failed internally and is supplying the necessary power/ground to operate starter. Just a thought...
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Ignition switch question

I thought to also do ignition switch and picked one up from advance but it doesnt look the same, it was missing the pin coming out of it. do rv's use different ones. I double checked there website and they gave me the correct one for the van year.
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I thought to also do ignition switch and picked one up from advance but it doesnt look the same, it was missing the pin coming out of it. do rv's use different ones. I double checked there website and they gave me the correct one for the van year.
Use old one.
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I thought to also do ignition switch and picked one up from advance but it doesnt look the same, it was missing the pin coming out of it. do rv's use different ones. I double checked there website and they gave me the correct one for the van year.
Did you get the one with all the parts. Electrical and mechanical?
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switch

I got the plug that has copper plugs in it, however the old one has a pin that comes out and goes into a hole I think for the gear selection this new one doesnt have it and it doest screw out or anything. I am also thinking that maybe one of the relays or something there are 2 little black boxes and one larger one that has red cables daisy chained along and at the end of was cable that somehow attached to the solenoid. to start the car without the start continuing to run i have to have it unhooked. i also unhook 2 grey wires as well...then it starts great but the amp light lights up...we have gone 4k miles this summer with another 2k to go and its been great but this is driving me crazy.....
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Do you have even a test light?
Did you actually do any diagnostics?

If the starter runs all the time the problem is probably in the solenoid and not the starter itself.

You need to do some testing. - With the starter disconnected.
Is the start lead to the solenoid hot all the time?
* If it is, the switch is bad.
* If it is not, then the solenoid is bad.

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problem fixed

fixed the problem, had crossed some wires on the solenoid, so now new starter and new solenoid and everything is good...now on to the picky gen which doesnt want to stay on...
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