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Old 10-14-2014, 11:56 PM   #1
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Broke down at the gas pump

Friday night about 9:30 we stopped at the Wal-Mart in Dumas, TX.
We planned to fill, spend the night and get an early start.
We did spend the night AT the pump, the 360 wouldn’t start, no clicks or whirs just me turning the key.
Lights, horn ok, battery boost ok… starter motor NOT ok.

DW called Good Sam (a VERY good experience).
Sam made sure we were safe, we were, under the awning, generator started and jacks extended.
Sam set us up with a tow for Sat. morning BUT we didn’t need it.
I tried the starter about 7:00 and IT WORKED.

We drove all day never turning the motor off till we were unloaded and MH parked at the RV storage lot. I let it set for a few minutes and tried to restart, again everything worked but the starter.
Monday I went over to check and sure enough it started right up.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:50 AM   #2
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I have heard about starters too close to the exhaust pipe and the heat has done damage to the starter windings/insulation.
I think you still should have Ford take a look at it.
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:14 AM   #3
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On cars I have seen starters with the brushes hanging up - not touching the comutator. Often will slowly move into position (they have springs pushing them). A couple taps with a hammer on the starter near the brushes will often get them to work (for a while - or sometimes for one start...). I used to take them apart and replace the brushes. These days, a rebuilt starter maybe? If in warranty, definitely a dealer issue.
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:15 PM   #4
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agree with the above post have your local ford dealer take a look at it. Hopefully they can get it to fail. Its hard to troubleshoot if its working..
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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Make sure you take it in good and hot and get them to look at it right away.
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:36 PM   #6
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I have a 1978 Corvette with stainless headers that fried the starter solenoid. It was hanging up inside. A few good whacks with a ball peen hammer would send the solenoid shaft spinning outward engaging the flywheel. header wrap, starter blanket were installed shortly afterwards and a brand new solenoid to boot.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:59 PM   #7
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Make sure you take it in good and hot and get them to look at it right away.
That's the plan...BUT....

We're going full time on or before Nov. 6, house is sold cash, waiting on the survey, title co, etc...SO...

We have to find a mover, finish moving out, find a place for the 360 to call home and
get it fixed.

FYI for anyone planning on full timing after you retire.
WOW it sure has gotten harder to move in the past 20 years.
We were 1/2 way out of the house before the sign went up, and have been boxing and moving a little at a time for a couple of months.

A friend is doing the same thing EXCEPT he didn't move or pack anything.
His sign went up and 10 days later he had an offer and 2 backup offers (housing market in N TX is out of control) he's about to collapse, have a nervous breakdown and get a divorce except he doesn't have time !

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:18 PM   #8
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Housing market here in Abilene texas is the same way. houses only stay on the market a couple days and they are getting full or more on asking price. Still thinking about selling or continue to rent. We have been full timing for the past 5 years and love it. We stay in one place a few months then move on. Unless we don't like our neighbors..lol Have fun and you will enjoy it...
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