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Old 02-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #71
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Gotta get up under it on my day off this week to see what I can accomplish on the starter.
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crazeevw- I've been tossing around the idea of installing headers on my 345 for a while but the r+r starter is one issue that has me concerned.

I think you have the Banks headers and I'm curious what process you had to go through to r+r your starter.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #72
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Hi Bill, to be honest, I'm still waiting on the $ to be able to r&r the starter. BIG screwup with payday at work last payday. Oh well, she's sitting pretty out in my driveway at the moment, lol.
Checked with various mechanics, gonna try the 'bang the starter' next. If this does require a r&r, I've been told to remove the solenoid on top of the starter first (thanks dadstoy (Dean)) then go for the starter after solenoid removal. Hoping to get at least something done this weekend. I'll post my results. But to be honest, it's been too cold outside here in the Sunshine State lately on my days off to get much done at all.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #73
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Hi Derek. What I was actually referring to is a solenoid (relay) mounted on top of the engine above the right side valve cover. It was an after market install for a while to solve starter problems. My '82 has one and I think it was added after the factory. See attached pic.

If you have the GM Motorhome Manual (you can download it for free), read through section Appendix 7 for many starter problems. If your problem is the solenoid on the starter, I'm sure you will have to remove the starter anyway.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #74
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http://youtu.be/t1HCKxhB304

Please watch this video, tell me if anyone has had problems with their ignition key as I am.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:42 PM   #75
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Well...

Clearly the whole thing is spinning, but I have questions..

Did you already replace the switch cos it looks new?
If you hold the back, does it work ok?
Post a pic of the front?
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:40 AM   #76
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Steve, I haven't replaced the switch, but that's not to say some PO hasn't. If I hold the back of the switch, while twisting the key, it works, but it's a PAIN to do so. Here's a pic of the front. I'm guessing mine is similar to others? Thanks for any advice. Derek
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The outer ring on the front of the ignition switch needs to be tightened clockwise. I have done this with a screw driver since I didn't have the three point tool that goes into the recesses in this ring. What I did was tightened it the best I could by inserting the screwdriver into one of the recesses and turning the ring as far as I could then finish tightening by turning the back of the ignition switch. I would make sure that the key slot was in the proper position when I had completed this process.
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Great info Gunner!
So, the bezel screws down and the lock is just held in place by the friction?
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Gunner, about to head out and try your fix. Jeez, I LOVE having the beast in my driveway!
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Gunner, a HUGE THANK YOU! Betcha I turned that ring around at least 4 times before it started getting any friction. Something so simple, who would've thought that there is anything simple in an AS motorhome!
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You are welcome, I am glad it worked out for you.
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Floor Removal and Replace

Ok, so the more time I spend in my motorhome, the more I realize that the flooring at the shower/bathroom area is in great need of replacement. Has anyone ever tried the flooring replacement in the AS motorhome? Specifically the 345? Would I be best to remove all the walls, cabinets, shower and bathroom to get a complete replacement? Only reason I think I have issues, the shower really has a LOT of give when I stand in it, and the hall area between shower and bathroom actually has a 'slope' to it. Thanks for any advice. Derek
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The outer ring on the front of the ignition switch needs to be tightened clockwise. I have done this with a screw driver since I didn't have the three point tool that goes into the recesses in this ring. What I did was tightened it the best I could by inserting the screwdriver into one of the recesses and turning the ring as far as I could then finish tightening by turning the back of the ignition switch. I would make sure that the key slot was in the proper position when I had completed this process.
Thanks Gunter.

I was saving up a list of things to do the next time the dash panel was opened up. One less item now.

Two turns got mine fixed so the key just turns the ignition and not the whole thing. Without the support of this forum I would've given up a long time ago!

This forum is the best.
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has anyone tried this?

Need to put jack stands on the motorhome to hold it up while working underneath, but don't really know if there's a specific 'jack-point' on the frame. Any advice?
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