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  1. snowdrops

    snowdrops Funster Life Member

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    Ford transit jumbo won't start. Won't turn over but radio works. Stopped for brekky in picnic area :( got lights on dashboard.
     
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    Check for loose battery connections and engine earth strap.
     
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    Need more info, what happens when you turn key, nothing, tries to start, just a click, might help to point to problem.
     
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    Dodgy alternator or duff flat battery maybe. Are you in the AA or RAC?
     
  5. Bacchus

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    Also try putting the headlights on - if they won't stay bright for a couple of seconds or dim right down when the engine tries to turn then the battery is probably kapput. Obviously don't try this for too long.

    If the battery is u/s then beware of "getting going" because you may conk out somewhere less agreeable!
     
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    AA RAC Greenflag whatever?

    PS don't tell them you're in a layby - AA wouldn't come out to me one time because I'd managed to get off the road - they said they were an emergency service only and if I wasn't on the carriageway, I wasn't an emergency!
     
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    These take almost no current compared to the starter motor
     
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    Once had the same problem on a Granada, eventually traced to a loose connection to the starter motor.
     
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    Had this happen to us recently. Had driven 30 miles. Stopped for about half an hour. Went to re-start. Lights on dash but engine would not turn over. It was a loose wire, as Humsafer says.
     
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    Started now. Don't understand. Only thing we did was arm and disarm non starter. Not sure what happened. Just very grateful it has . Thanx. Will keep an eye :/
     
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    Happened to me had refuelled 10 miles previously, put petrol instead of diesel in:doh:
    Hope you get sorted
     
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    Could have been a loose battery connection, check them out.
     
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    If you have an immobiliser, it could well be that. Your 'arm and disarm' may well have sorted it.

    On some bike alarm/immobilisers, they can get interference from radio masts (often not visible at petrol stations) or overhead power lines. Moving a hundred yards or so can clear the problem - not so easy with a motorhome though!

    Ian
     
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    Dirty exciter wire connection on the starter motor.. small wire that goes onto a spade connector on the starter motor. Had that a few times over the years
     
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    Thanx everyone. Not happened since thank goodness. Must have been an oddity. Bit of a scare on day 1 of 3 weeks in France !!!!
     
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    You beat me to it! :D
     
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    It happens all the time. You've probably just inadvertantly pressed the imobiliser button. It often happens with me when I put the keys in my pocket
     
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