Deli won't start - Starter not engaging...

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Deli won't start - Starter not engaging...

Postby Mr. Flibble » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:44 pm

So, a couple of weeks ago I left my Deli off the trickle charger as it does not get much exercise. Batteries totally dead.

I charge it up... and... van won't start.

Hook it up to my 200 AMP car charger, and.... won't start.

I just put in two brand new 690 CCa batteries in the Deli and... won't start...

Yes, I hooked it up to the big charger again - though it is now on the trickle charger to ensure that the two new batteries are in good shape.

When I try to start it, the glowplugs "click" and all the lights come on just fine. (Much better now with new batteries too). However, the engine completely refuses to turn over. That is, I never hear the starter engage.

So, I suspect that either the starter is bad, or the sensor that tells the starter system that it is ok to start (because the transmission is is the wrong gear) is bad.

All of that is no doubt due to the bad short I have had in the back tailgate that has caused numerous systems to go haywire. For example, a couple months back, my spedometer stopped working - and I know that is direct linked into the transmission. (I know that it is due to a bad ground wire break in the tailgate hitch where it bends when the back hatch opens).

So....

Where should I start?

Bad starter? Bad Transmission start sensor? I don't even know what part that is... Any ideas?

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Deli won't start - Starter not engaging...

Postby poochike » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:46 am

Start with the ignition fuse located on one of the positive battery terminals. I think it's an 30amp fuse and you'll need to loosen the screws to pull it out. There will also be you're alternator and glow plug fuse in there which will be 100/80amp.

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Deli won't start - Starter not engaging...

Postby Mr. Flibble » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:30 pm

Those fuses were ok.

Looks like I have to start looking at the sensor on the transmission.

Though, I suppose I can hot wire the starter to see if it tries to turn over.
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