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Old 03-29-2020, 05:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation 93 Coachmen not cranking and Iím stuck in a Rv hostile city !

Itís happened before where I go to start the ignition and all I hear is a click but no crank. Iím not familiar with electrical issues at all but from all my research itís most likely a bad ground somewhere. Can someone please tell me where the ground wires are located, are there more than one? How do I test and fix one? Just bought a brand new professional multimeter but I have no clue how to use it. Of course to kinda sweeten the whole situation, I broke down in a town that isnít very Rv friendly. Thanks in advance! God bless
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:17 PM   #2
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There should be a ground strap from the engine block to the frame.
I chased that one for a few years on a 98 454. As it was intermittent.
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Tap the starter solinoid and try tapping the starter with a hammer while trying to start the engine.
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Follow the negative battery cable from the battery/batteries. It should end at a bolt that is your main ground. Clean that ground first. Also make sure your battery cables at the battery terminal/terminals are clean and tight.
That's where I'd start.
I'm assuming your batteries are good...
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I can't add much to what they are saying. Be sure everything is clean and tight. Be sure the battery is good -- voltage is 12.6 or better, and the water is up in the cells. Be sure the battery top is clean. You can discharge across a dirty top.

If all of that is up to snuff and the starter still doesn't work, as someone suggested earlier, whack it with a rock or hammer while someone else turns the key. A sticky starter can be overcome this way.

And something someone doesn't think of too much -- on a vehicle that old there could be a worn spot on the driveplate ring gear that jams the starter gear. Try moving the crankshaft a few degrees to give the starter some different teeth to engage.

What town are you in?

The fast way out of town would be to jump start the rig, but that just moves you and the problem down the road together.
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You can google how to test a 12 volt system with a meter. Will the generator start. Sometimes the increased charging from the generator will overcome the bad ground, kind of like adding jumper cables. This is assuming your generator charges your engine batteries. If tapping the starter gets it going, it generally means the starter is on its way out. This procedure generally only works a few times until it wont anymore.
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You can google how to test a 12 volt system with a meter. Will the generator start. Sometimes the increased charging from the generator will overcome the bad ground, kind of like adding jumper cables. This is assuming your generator charges your engine batteries. If tapping the starter gets it going, it generally means the starter is on its way out. This procedure generally only works a few times until it wont anymore.
yes the generator starts
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Did you get it started ?
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It started

Finally got it started by whacking the starter. Thanks for all the help fellas!
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As a young man I had to routinely do this on my '65 chevy, until I finally saved enough to buy a starter motor with solenoid. I had to do it more and more often, and it got to where it took longer and longer to get it going. So the hammer trick is not a one-time fix. You'll want to get a new solenoid at least, then maybe a starter motor. One day you could be stuck in a dangerous spot with no hammer helper.... Best of Luck in your travels!
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Buy a good starter with lifetime warrantee at NAPA or Autozone.
Pay a little more now go cheap and it will bite you.
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Finally got it started by whacking the starter. Thanks for all the help fellas!



Glad to hear you got it started.......thanks for the update.




Just curious WHY town was RV hostile and what is name of town?


RVrs should know about it
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Hey 'redneckgal'.....


How about posting the name of that RV hostile town?
Not fair to fellow RVs/posters to leave us hanging.
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