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Old 07-14-2011, 08:21 PM   #99
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Awesome news, but leaves a weird feeling of... well what was it!
Maybe as simple as some corrosion on one of the Starter cables, that was fixed when it was removed and replaced?

Better news than the original worry that it needed a new motor!!!
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:41 PM   #100
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I was on way to north GA to the spring stream same thing happens. Alternator belt was loose and alternator went bad. Only difference I was following him and it back fired and died. We spent hours getting new batteries and everything. Got it towed home and that was it. Belt and alternator. Confident on that. His was an 84.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:54 PM   #101
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Oh don't forget to have him unhook driveshaft if and when they tow!!
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Oh one more thing. Mine is in shop again. Stays in shop. Ha. I am hoping after this it will be good to go for a while except for the minor break downs. Keeping positive. Mine is a 87 345 but every bit of money spent on it to me is worth it. I mean a lot of money! Haha Good luck and enjoy it!
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:17 PM   #103
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Mystery?

Any hints in case this repeats itself?

Oh, we drained the oil and his guesstimate was about 3 1/2 quarts.

Thanx everyone.
Perfect example of the KISS principle, basics first.

Battery's good, Neutral safety good, starter good?
IMO..change pos & neg battery and starter cables. Use the ones with the cable ends attached, the replaceable ends are junk. Use dielectric grease on all connections.

Good luck and Stream Happy

Your a very patient man...
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:27 PM   #104
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What was wrong? The starter may be working intermittently and it will do this again. Or, the cables were making poor contact and having reinstalled it they are tight and cleaner. Or, something else.

You asked if the motor was fried. It started, so it's not fried. Did you run it for a while and make sure it kept running?

I hope you can enjoy yourself now.

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Old 07-14-2011, 10:29 PM   #105
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My idea is along the same lines as Robert Cross... there's a connection somewhere that was "iffy" before... it may still be iffy, but now it's on the closed side of iffy instead of the open side. Removing and reinstalling the starter required disconnecting electrical connections, moving wires, then moving wires again and reconnecting things. Somewhere in that process, the bad connection was corrected at least for now. Battery cables in areas that take lots of heat develop brittle insulation, crappy cable ends work loose or corrode at the interface between dissimilar metals, etc. There are all sorts of simple problems that can be very frustrating to find/fix, but if you're a mechanic's kid with OCD and do goofy stuff like buy new battery cables because the old ones "look bad" you'll have a lighter wallet but a vehicle that starts.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #106
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We have had similar problems...once was the igniters behind the steps, and the other was the distributor....both were fixed with a minimum of investment...I can not say enough good about GS emergency service...they showed up, bed towed us 50 miles, and all I did was sign a form ...m
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:09 AM   #107
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Oh one more thing. Mine is in shop again. Stays in shop. Ha. I am hoping after this it will be good to go for a while except for the minor break downs. Keeping positive. Mine is a 87 345 but every bit of money spent on it to me is worth it. I mean a lot of money! Haha Good luck and enjoy it!
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...once was the igniters behind the steps,...
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:41 PM   #109
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he may mean battery kill ? solenoids, switches ??? I assume.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:32 PM   #110
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Solenoids...igniters...they are the same to me...the purpose is the same, but I stand corrected...I have also found that the low battery issue will continue to engage the solenoids to death...a dead battery is a dead battery, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the engagement switch trying to engage past its capability...I carry a charger I can jump off the generator so I can charge the battery...quirk, yeah, but it works...the glove box switch doesn't always work, and the frustration of rain as a complication is not one of my favorite situations...m
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Still all good?
Have you moved yet?
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:03 AM   #112
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I'm moving as fast as I can, if you meant me...I'm moving as fast as I can if you didn't...I'm just not moving as fast as most folks, but fast enough for me, and if I'm in front...well...I'M in front...Key, I really would like to meet you...mike.
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