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Old 07-31-2021, 07:33 AM   #1
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Engine won't start.

Hello, i have a 2017 coachmen freelander 26rs on a chevrolet 4500 chassis. Has 7000 miles on it. Bought new. Went out the other day to start it and only get a selenoid click, but no start. Battery is fully charged, starter works but according to the mechanic the cause maybe the igniter wire not transmitting a signal. I asked him to check the ignition switch as i have read of bad switches. Anyone have any ideas or have had this particular problem with a chevrolet 4500 chassis.
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Hello, i have a 2017 coachmen freelander 26rs on a chevrolet 4500 chassis. Has 7000 miles on it. Bought new. Went out the other day to start it and only get a selenoid click, but no start. Battery is fully charged, starter works but according to the mechanic the cause maybe the igniter wire not transmitting a signal. I asked him to check the ignition switch as i have read of bad switches. Anyone have any ideas or have had this particular problem with a chevrolet 4500 chassis.
How long has it been sitting, and how do you know the bettery is fully charged?
Put some booster cables on it, or if you have a coach > chassis booster switch, try that and see if it turns over and starts. If it does, charge/test/replace chassis battery.
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How long has it been sitting, and how do you know the bettery is fully charged?
Put some booster cables on it, or if you have a coach > chassis booster switch, try that and see if it turns over and starts. If it does, charge/test/replace chassis battery.
Multitester shows over 12 volts. No chassis booster switch. Hooked up battery cables with no luck, battery charger with booster charge also not successful. Thanks for the thought tho.
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Only other ideas I have are trace your battery cables under the hood, and tug on them, to make sure the cables are solidly connected inside the lugs, and that there's no contact deterioration due to corrosion. Usually happens near the battery posts/terminals.
If they seem good, find the starter motor, usually under the engine somewhere, check the wiring connections to it. Sometimes heat/cold loosens nuts and bolts, resulting in loose connections. If you can move the wires where they're bolted to the starter, that might be the problem.
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I would loosen than tighten all high current cables. (battery, starter, alt)

If that doens't work than go through these steps;

These are the testing steps: (from easyautodiagnotics.com)
https://easyautodiagnostics.com/misc...on-car-tests-1



Test the battery first. This is a simple multimeter test.
Test that the starter motor is receiving 12 Volts on its battery circuit.
Test that the starter motor is receiving the START signal from the ignition switch.
Voltage drop test the starter battery and Ground circuits. These two tests are very easy. I'll explain them step by step.
Using a jumper-wire or an appropriate tool, apply 12 Volts to the START signal wire.
Turning the engine by hand to eliminate a locked-up engine or a locked-up A/C compressor.
If necessary, bench-testing the starter motor.
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Check the Positive battery cable at the starter with ohm meter that should read 12.5v.
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Sounds like a bad connection on one of the cables. Take them all off, clean and replace them with a dab of dielectric grease.

Don't forget the ground cables.
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Hello, i have a 2017 coachmen freelander 26rs on a chevrolet 4500 chassis. Has 7000 miles on it. Bought new. Went out the other day to start it and only get a selenoid click, but no start. Battery is fully charged, starter works but according to the mechanic the cause maybe the igniter wire not transmitting a signal. I asked him to check the ignition switch as i have read of bad switches. Anyone have any ideas or have had this particular problem with a chevrolet 4500 chassis.
On the bolded, you first state you only get a click. But then you mention that the starter works. Just to be clear, is the engine cranking?

If not, then as mentioned above, get to checking for a bad connection. A first step for me would be to get underneath with a voltmeter and check for voltage at the solenoid (both the small wire and the large positive cable) while another person turns the key. Might be the solenoid or the starter itself.
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On the bolded, you first state you only get a click. But then you mention that the starter works. Just to be clear, is the engine cranking?

If not, then as mentioned above, get to checking for a bad connection. A first step for me would be to get underneath with a voltmeter and check for voltage at the solenoid (both the small wire and the large positive cable) while another person turns the key. Might be the solenoid or the starter itself.
Sorry about the starter works issue. That is a misprint on my part. No the starter will turn if voltage applied manually. But not with the key in the switch turned. Thank you for pointing that out to me.
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Sorry about the starter works issue. That is a misprint on my part. No the starter will turn if voltage applied manually. But not with the key in the switch turned. Thank you for pointing that out to me.
You mentioned ignition switch in your first post and that's a candidate. But since you do have a click, I'd suspect something else. The starter relay would be something to check. It's probably the click you're hearing but its clicking doesn't necessarily mean it's working correctly. You might be able to find an identical relay in the fuse panel that you can swap with it to see if that gets things going.
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I had the same problem, first time it was a fuel pump relay, then after I took care of that again it wouldn’t start not even a click, came out to be the starter fuse, GM uses the same fuse for both things, I was told that GM got a bad batch of relays from China, they now have changed brands, I haven’t had a problem again in over a year, those are the big black relays in the engine fuse box. They cost like 17.00 bucks from GM and mine was a 2018.
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You mentioned ignition switch in your first post and that's a candidate. But since you do have a click, I'd suspect something else. The starter relay would be something to check. It's probably the click you're hearing but its clicking doesn't necessarily mean it's working correctly. You might be able to find an identical relay in the fuse panel that you can swap with it to see if that gets things going.
I tried that when this first happened. The relays are in the engine compartment fuse box. Didn't help. But i do appreciate the thought. Thanks.
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I tried that when this first happened. The relays are in the engine compartment fuse box. Didn't help. But i do appreciate the thought. Thanks.
Could you tell if it was the relay that you heard clicking?

Are you sure the transmission is in park? Have you tried moving the transmission to neutral to see if that helps? Do you have to hold the brake in to start the engine?

I'm not familiar with the 4500 but I'd guesstimate that the starter circuit is fairly typical. I think my first step to narrow things down would be to get underneath with a voltmeter and check for voltage. There should be 12 volts on the battery cable attached to the solenoid. The smaller wire going to the solenoid (it's probably a plug in connector these days) should show 12 volts when the key is turned to crank the engine.
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If you read voltage with meter set to OHMs you will blow the meter
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