Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-17-2016, 01:12 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 216
Rig won't start! 2015 Solera 24r Mercedes

We were supposed to be on the road for Florida this morning from here in Ottawa but no luck. Turn the key and "click" and then nothing. The same thing happened 4 days ago when i picked it up from the dealer. But with a jump, after 15 min of charging it started. I've had it plugged in to house power since I brought it home, plus had a battery maintainer on it 4 days now. When I check the chassis battery at the red post its 12.6v. When I climb under it I hear the click of the solenoid just above the starter but nothing else. I tried tapping the starter with a hammer (Old trick), didn't work. Any other ideas before I have to tow this to M-B dealer.
__________________

__________________
Eric Jackson
Ottawa Ontario Canada
2015 Solera 24R
backdoctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Loefflerh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Naples Fl
Posts: 347
Do the same test gain - while someone else tries to start the engine. I bet you see a big voltage drop. Your battery is in battery heaven.... 12.6v for a battery without load is low too and I soon as you put a load on it it breaks down...
__________________

__________________
Loefflerh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 02:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,748
Think simple. First, if and I say if your chassis battery was near dead, a battery maintainer will not charge your battery, Not even hooked up for four days, they only maintain a nearly charged battery. Second, assuming you can't get it started and drive it to an autoparts store to have them "load test" you bat. Just jump it from under the hood connections. If you need guidance on that ask. If it turns over easily, your chassis bat needs a charge, as it is quite depleted. It IS NOT likely your starter.
__________________
Still Kickin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 02:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,748
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loefflerh View Post
Do the same test gain - while someone else tries to start the engine. I bet you see a big voltage drop. Your battery is in battery heaven.... 12.6v for a battery without load is low too and I soon as you put a load on it it breaks down...
X2 on that.

Note, if you only have killed your chassis bat once, based on the age it will still have some usable life left in it, after you bring it up to full charge. Also note, that if you had the main off, while plugged in to shore power, your chassis battery was isolated from your converter and was not receiving current.
__________________
Still Kickin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 02:22 PM   #5
2012 Solera
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 984
Also possible battery terminal corrosion or other terminal resistance problem. Common on older vehicles - possible on new if some installation issue. If you can check the voltage while someone turns the key, and the voltage drops precipitously, then battery or high resistance connection is the likely cause.
__________________
JLeising
2012 Solera "S"
Calif SF Bay Area
JLeising is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 02:38 PM   #6
2012 Solera
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 984
A number of people have reported (in the past years) a problem with fuse #23 blowing and causing the vehicle not to start. Not aware of hearing solenoid "click" in that situation however - seems people reported nothing happened when key turned to start. This thread is an example:
2011 Solera won't crank
__________________
JLeising
2012 Solera "S"
Calif SF Bay Area
JLeising is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Dunn, NC
Posts: 607
No Start

Always check for a good ground and remove both cables and clean post and terminal ends. Always do this before anything else. Solves a lot of no start problems.
__________________
pdqparalegal1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2016, 01:25 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 505
Battery would be a likely candidate. I have found batteries failing in 3 years.
__________________
Harkerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2016, 01:26 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
bareftn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: austinburg ohio
Posts: 382
One old trick if you get the old click sound,turn on your headlights and then try starting ,if your headlights go out it new battery time, ALERT FYI ALERT for all of you if you have a interstate battery distributor (not a dealer)in your area go in or call to see if they have what they call a BLEM battery, all batteries have a shelf life and when they reach that they go back to the distributor and they sell them for most places $40.00 + core. I have bought several and a 5yr battery for 40 to me is a great buy even if it only last 4 years, 6 volt or 12 or deep cell all the same price
__________________
bareftn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2016, 01:27 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
myclmac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 22
I would call AAA for a jump and they my ve able to check the battery for load on site. Possibly replace the battery. The starting battery is under the floor on the drivers side but the jump start terminals are located in the engine compartment. The (+) terminal is covered with a red plastic cap. The (-) terminal is on the side of the body or use a ground to the engine or frame. Good luck.
__________________

__________________
myclmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
solera

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:04 PM.