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    Posted: 11 Mar 23 at 14:58
Some months ago I finally got around to having my transmission fluid leak resolved, but now I have an unrelated, non-starting issue...

After a recent period of little/no use I decided to use my bus to keep everything working (ironically).
On starting up, the starter would spin up strong and free, and the engine would fire accompanied by a loud, solid clunk from the engine.
I'd wanted to post on here for advice, but insrtead, after about half-a-dozen short trips, the bus won't start.
At first it sounded like a week battery (despite being fairly new and fully charged) as it whirred and slowed down, but now I just get the solonoid click and the interior lights switch off until i release the key.

Now it feels like something physical, rather than elctrical or fuel related, 'locking' the engine; I've tried turning over the engine by hand with a 30mm spanner on the crank pulley but it won't budge and feels solid...

Starter was rebuilt a few years ago, electrical connections are new, ignition and inhibitor switches are new, battery is recent and fully charged, 'hot-start' relay is new and working.

Bus is an '89 2.1L MV Auto.
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