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Old 10-20-2020, 05:20 PM   #1
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hi all I just purchased a 1997 Fleetwood American eagle 40 ft 8.3 Cummings . Cranked up fine and drove home. i just replaced the old batteries and when I push the lever over on the battery box to engage the batteries so I can start from the key and all its doing is winding and I'm not even touching the key .Is it my starter winding or a relay or any help would be appreciated and how is engaging if the key is not ON?
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Old 10-22-2020, 12:54 PM   #2
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Please explain yourself a little better. You say winding. Do you mean the starter is cranking by its self? Also did you replace all batteries or just engine batteries? Thanks
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:44 AM   #3
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Hi so the coach and house batteries are new when I close the little metal lever on the coach batteries box its starts to make a loud winding noise not a cranking noise all the connections seam fine. coach batteries 14.2. OK so I banged on the starter and the winding stopped it cranked fine 2 times and then went to winding again so I had to run to the back and disconnect the lever on the coach batteries so I think its the starter
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:31 PM   #4
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What do you mean by the "winding"? I think we are all confused by your description?
Are you referring to the battery disconnect switch located in the engine bay?
BTW, I own a 1997 American Eagle so very familiar with this coach.


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Old 10-24-2020, 07:30 PM   #5
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Sorry it just makes a whining noise . And Yes i am talking
about the battery disconnect switch . I was able to bang on the starter and get it to release and was abel to crank it but it would not start tried bleeding the system bolt on top of fuel filter and I pumped the plunger thing and got a few drips but not a gushing stream thanks for any help
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:04 PM   #6
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Did you take a picture of the wires on the batteries so you got all the wires back on correctly? There is a fuel pump on the side of the engine that should run for 30 seconds when you first turn the key on. You can hear it if your on the passenger side of motorhome next to engine. Is that happening? That should pump fuel to the injector pump and automatically bleed the system.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:14 PM   #7
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Hi so the coach and house batteries are new when I close the little metal lever on the coach batteries box its starts to make a loud winding noise not a cranking noise all the connections seam fine. coach batteries 14.2. OK so I banged on the starter and the winding stopped it cranked fine 2 times and then went to winding again so I had to run to the back and disconnect the lever on the coach batteries so I think its the starter

Not sure if you’re issue is still ongoing or not but in your statement above, you banged on the starter and the noise stopped??
That kinda tells me the issue is the starter hanging up and not engaging the flywheel.....just spitballing here....
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:00 PM   #8
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Rule number one. If something was working properly and you worked on part of it and now there is a new issue you need to redo whatever it was that you worked on. It sounds like you connected a cable in the wrong place.
You changed batteries, did you replace any wires or cables ? Did you take any pics or make diagrams before you started ?
Stop, rethink and recheck everything that you did.
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