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We need help in locating starter on Winnebago Adventurer

Customer Question

We need help in locating starter on Winnebago Adventurer 2003 WFG38G.
JA: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?
Customer: Single loud click
JA: What is the model of your '03 RV?
Customer: Model WFH38G
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Jumping battery and bypassing solendoid
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Where is the starter?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  Don - Mo Lurch replied 1 year ago.

which engine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still having issues with RV not starting. Need additional help.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Whose chassis do you have here?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Workehorse
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

On that engine it is located on the rear of the block on the curbside. I would start by load testing the batteries and clean all the cable connections, including the ground lead to the chassis. IF you still need some assistance when you check that, please get back to me. All follow ups are included in our fee.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Battery tested fine. All terminals were clean, and properly connected. Found dead battery on the house side. Swapped out for a new one.
Turn the key on the RV, there are no sounds, no clicks or anything. I can touch the battery terminals and it starts right up. Is there a solenoid between the battery and the starter that I can check?
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

When you "touch the battery terminals" here what exactly are you doing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Jumping the starter
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Thought so, but just wanted to be sure. If you are bypassing the start solenoid on the starter then it sounds like that loud "click" is that solenoid and the contacts are probably burnt. That can be purchased separate from the starter, but if this has many miles or years on that and it looks like the OEM starter, you might want to just replace the whole unit.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Randall we have a problem. Still nothing. No click no sound.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Replaced whole starter. Battery juice to starter. No battery to the console no juice at all.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Getting 12 Volts from ground to power post
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

"To the console" as in the dash? I believe there should be a battery control center under the hood that has some fuses and relays in there. Take a look. Usually on the driver's side.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the console. We have check all fuses and relay in there. All look good.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the dash
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Under now no power going to solenoid on the starter when key is turned
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Horn is not working either
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Possibly no power going to fuse box
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing coming on wipers, lights, wipers, defrost fan. No power to fuse box
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Did you hit the battery disconnect solenoid switch?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just replaced it brand new. Has power coming out of both sides of it. 12 volts coming in and out
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing and nothing on the white purple brown gray
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

You won't have anything there unless the switch is depressed. There are two solenoids. Are you working with the house or chassis one?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Both of them have been replaced
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Then you need to be checking the shortstop breakers in the battery control center and see if one is tripped. Use your meter or 12 VDC test light to check for where the power stops. I can add a photo later once I get to my computer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We have one of the circuits getting zero. Electric step ignition
We have milli readings on white purple grow gray wires on the battery disconnect relay. Are they suppose to have power?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Everything else has 12 volts cirulating through it.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

As I said before......the solenoid energizing leads ONLY have power when the switch is depressed. Maybe time to have a good mobile tech come over and assist you. Hard to do this sort of trouble shooting in this format.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How do we depress the solenoid?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a contact for a mobile tech near us?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Marysville, IN
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

I would contact one or two of the local RV parks and ask them who they would recommend. They usually have one or two they know who can do a good job. I am not sure what you mean when you say "depress the solenoid" here. It has a switch inside.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

You are most welcome!