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Old 06-10-2014, 03:34 PM   #15
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Yes, you assumed right - our Argosy has a Chevy 454 big block engine
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:37 PM   #16
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My 345 did the same thing and my Argosy 20 (both with 454 engines) has hints of that. My hunch is the starter gets too hot from the engine. I think some have put some kind of heat shield around the starter. Check the engines and transmission section (back in the motorhome section) for threads on the starter.

It is pretty embarrassing when your old rig won't start back up at a gas station pump!

Luckily the owners were pretty relaxed about us taking up 3 pumps and we had a picnic with us, so could have been worse
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:40 PM   #17
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I know it's probably pretty poor access in a motor home, but in an emergency you can tap on the starter solenoid with a small hammer and that will make it work.
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I know it's probably pretty poor access in a motor home, but in an emergency you can tap on the starter solenoid with a small hammer and that will make it work.

Thanks Steve - we think it's getting too hot rather than stuck... but we'll carry a toffee hammer and a small child with us to lower into the engine bay in case it works 😉
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Yea, the starter gets hot, and causes the solenoid to stick. Common problem with Chevys.
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Thanks Steve - I'm learning loads!

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Old 06-10-2014, 03:52 PM   #21
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Hi all, can anyone help with a mystery with our Argosy 24 engine... When we've been out and stop the engine wont start - it seems the battery is flat BUT if we leave it for a couple of hours - it will start again no problem!

Has anyone come across that problem and knows what it is and what we need to do to fix it?

We'd be very grateful for any wisdom!

Many thanks Chris and Beverly Hill
I think you need to be more specific what you mean by does not start. No sound when you turn the key, a click, a clunk, or cranks slowly?
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Hi Carl, we get a clunk and then clicks and will not turn over. But once the engine has cooled down it will fire up no problem 😞
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Hi Carl, we get a clunk and then clicks and will not turn over. But once the engine has cooled down it will fire up no problem ��
Solenoid is ok.
Have you tried jump starting it?
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Thanks Carl - that's the direction we're heading in 😊
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Vapor lock? Saw this happen on another engine with a carb as a fuel delivery system.
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Vapor lock? Saw this happen on another engine with a carb as a fuel delivery system.
LOL! That was my Dad's best theory until he moved on to the battery being too hot. Then again the starter solenoid theory sounds good too. He sold the 57 chevy wagon for $150 in 68 and never looked back. BTW it was a small block (283 ci). Just saw one on EBAY for 12K reserve not met. They are actually asking 30K on their website. Bet it has the same problem!

I would recommend using the process of elimination, without waiting 30 minutes... Try giving different components a blast from a CO2 extinguisher and see which one responds to the cool down test.
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It's the starter solenoid. Common GM issue, as noted above. If you're the adventurous sort, you can get a super-size soda cup of water and throw it up on the starter from underneath. Count to 10 and turn the key.

Obligatory Story:

My son had just graduated from college, and we were driving across the country to take him to grad school in his 76 Nova; it did that at a Subway stop somewhere in Ohio.

Now, he's an annoyingly sharp kid, but when he turned the key and nothing happened, he had this deer in the headlights look that I'd only seen maybe once before on him.

Dad walks back in the Subway with a cup he fished out of the trash, fills it up with water from the fountain, throws it up on the starter, waits a few seconds, and says, "OK - start it now!"

Moral: Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill!
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