motorhome start problems

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  1. nannas-boy

    nannas-boy Read Only Funster

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    Can anyone please give us advice regarding our motorhome. Sometimes you go to start it up and its fine other times theres is nothing whatsoever there no ignition lights or anything, then we just move the cables on the positive side of the battery and the ignition lights will come on and it will start then, the trouble is yesterday it just all cut out as we were driving it, not a very good thing to happen. We have felt that all theconnectors are tight but there are that many cables going to the battery where do we start??? It also affects the radio it goes on and off so you know when you are driving that its hit and miss connecting. We really appreciate anyones help with this one. thank you
     
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    The vehicle type and age will help.

    Have you checked the engine to chassis main earth very carefully ?
     
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    if the power returns when you move the pos wires at the battery then the wires most certainly are not tight.

    you need to remove them completely, clean the post and teminal clampwith wire wool and put a little petroleum jelly on the post.

    while the terminals are off, have a good pull on all the wires to ensure they are tight in the terminal clamp.

    then move on to the earth terminal and do the same there.

    also check the earth wire between engine/gearbox and the chassis. they have a habit of corroding but no easily seen.

    as an after thought, if all the terminals and wires ARE tight it could be the battery post has broken off the plates inside the battery, which obviously means a new battery.
     
  4. nannas-boy

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    Hi it is a 2005 autotrail chieftain
     
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    I think the Fiat has a lot of connections to the battery you must do as advised above to find the fault
     
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    Pappajohn has the answer spot on...:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Thank you to everyone that has replied, we will have a proper look at everything tomorrow and will update you of how we go on.
     
  8. lunarman

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    There is a large connector on the +ve of the battery that has a lot of cables on it. You have have checked the individual cables, have you checked that the connector plate is tight on the battery lug.
     
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