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Old 11-11-2019, 01:29 AM   #1
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Not Cranking

I picked up a 1999 Fleetwood Discovery 36t. When I went to look at the seller connected batteries and it started right up. The next day I pick up the unit and it starts right up.I drove it for about an hour and stopped for some diesel. Once I was done filling it up I went to start it and it didnít crank over. I could hear clicking sound but it wasnít turning over. I waited about 15 min are it fired right up. I get it home park it. The next day I start it up no problem.it runs for 15 or so minutes shut it off and same problem not cranking but I hear the clicking. Today I go out to start it again now it wonít crank same clicking. Batteries are charged all battery connections are clean. Water level battery is good. Where should I look first?
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:18 AM   #2
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Just by probability:

1) Clamps are clean - are they also tight?

(Do you have a voltmeter? Test 12vdc voltage across the battery with both probes on the outside of the clamps, and then again touching both right to the battery posts. If there's a difference at all, you have a poor connection. Do this test when you're not starting and just clicking, with the key off.)

2) Also check the batt cable connections to ground and to the starter for tightness.

3) One strong click or a series of clicks?

(Gross generalization here: If it's one big bang and then nothing, your starter may be dying or has a dead spot. If it's a series of clicks, you're not getting sufficient power to the starter.)

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Old 11-12-2019, 05:06 AM   #3
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Your Discovery has what is referred to as a starter relief relay mounted on the frame rail close to the starter (passenger side)

This relay (see attached) is known to become corroded from exposure and causes intermittent starting problems.

The one photo shows the typical configuration of how its mounted on the frame rail and the second photo gives you a general idea of what it looks like.

Carefully remove all the cabling and clean up the connections real good and see if that aids in resolving your starting problems.

Another thing to check is you main chassis ground coming off your starting batteries. Make sure it is clean and tight.

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Old 11-16-2019, 06:35 PM   #4
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Great suggestion Toribk!
I had a 93 Pace Arrow diesel with a Cummins 8.3. It had a relay and some breakers related to the start circuit. It was on the inside frame rail just ahead of the rear axle. It was rather "rusty and crusty". I cleaned all connections and replaced the breakers. Did not want to get into a no-start condition.
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