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Old 11-29-2016, 09:04 AM   #1
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Strange Inconsistant Engine Starting Problem

I have a 2008 Fleetwood Bounder with Ford Chassis (F53?) and Triton v10 engine which is having odd and inconsistent starting.
Here's what has happened.
1. Battery dead, obviously doesn't start.
2. Charge battery and start in various ways.
3. Battery wont hold charge so buy a new battery (tech /sales claims hot and expanded battery is sign of internal battery short). Vehicle starts OK. so I begin my trip.
4. Stop for lunch. Vehicle wont start. No click, no sounds, no nothing.
5. Hook up charger and start vehicle.
6. Back at RV park I fool around with my volt meter attachment, disconnect my solar trickle and try it. Vehicle starts.
7. reattach meter and trickle, Vehicle starts.

Since I don't want to start off again and get stranded I need to find out what is going on. Local garages won't touch this vehicle/ignition/elect. problem. Any Suggestions??
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Did you clean the inside of the battery cable clamps with a wire brush or sand paper ?

Did you spread the clamps out so they fit all the way down on the posts ?

Did you make sure that tightening the clamp bolts actually squeezed the clamp and not just bottom out ?

These are the most common things that are not done and cause what you are experencing.
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Check battery voltage with motor running. If it's 12.6 or lower you have a alternator problem, either it or wiring. If you have 13 plus volts you will need further most likely intermittent alternator or wiring. Unblock all other power sources while doing this test.

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Check battery voltage with motor running. If it's 12.6 or lower you have a alternator problem, either it or wiring. If you have 13 plus volts you will need further most likely intermittent alternator or wiring. Unblock all other power sources while doing this test.

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not sure what you mean By ""unblock all other power sources""
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