I surprised myself by getting up early to do my brain puzzles and was up before 8 o’clock. I was determined today I was going to postpone breakfast and run into Yuma to hopefully replace my radiator overflow tank.
I had read a comment from a viewer that the part I needed was a Ford part. Before going to Ford, I decided to check with a radiator shop. Nice guy, called and found one he could get in a couple of days, but it was made of aluminum and not plastic like my old one. $600 and it would be mine. Needless to say I balked at that price.
Asked him about junk yards and he directed me to one not far away. This guy got on the phone and found one in stock right in town. Guess where! At the Ford dealership. Still not cheap, but cheaper at $350. Worth it to have it in hand instead of waiting for an online order. Thank you Mr. Anonymous.
Home by 10:30 and quickly fixed a cup of coffee and fixed three pieces of bacon and three eggs for breakfast. Then walked over to the group having their coffee. They were shocked I was up getting something done before noon.
Tom came over and the two of us put the new radiator overflow tank in and filled it with anti-freeze. Then it was time to test. Guess what! The White Lion would not start. What a bummer. Tried numerous times with no luck. Guess I’ll try again in the morning.
We had a nice Happy Hour and as the sun set we all went home to make our dinners. I had two cheeseburgers with chips and dip. Watching the Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD shows and then it will be time for bed. The weather today was perfect from sunup to sundown. Love it!
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Have you tried hitting the starter with a big hammer when that happens? It sounds like maybe you have worn brushes or something. Hitting the starter with a hammer, fairly hard can sometimes seat the brushes and it will start. If so, you need a new starter. So far, all your symptoms seem to indicate this to me.ReplyDelete
We have done the same thing. Works like a charm.Delete
I think you're right. I believe the starter is acting up. I'm going to make an appointment to have it checked out.Delete
It sounds like ALMOST a perfect day. Maybe you'll have to.ttry that hammers suggestion. It was good of Tom to give you a hand with the repair. Hopefully, tomorrow it will start right up.ReplyDelete
It did this morning. Hammer trick may have woke the starter up. Had a very nice day.Delete
It was a good day weather wise and we had two nice Happy Hours. Now the White Lion just needs to start up.ReplyDelete
Great weather and great friends. The result: the WL started this morning.Delete
It seems to me the WL hasn’t had great maintenance in its life; Bob has a good suggestion as everything is tired.Perhaps once you have the rig running you could start the engine every other day or so since you have been stationary for quite a while.With all the previous steps the rig is gradually being rehabilitated & will eventually be reliable the more it used.All the best.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the AJ. I think first I will take it in to have the starter checked. It is old and things are wearing out.Delete
I was very surprised to see you heading out at 8:38 AM. A silver streak and a cloud of dust and poof you were gone.ReplyDelete
Amazing what I can get done if I skip my two hour breakfast.Delete
It's frustrating, but I know you can figure it out!! Hang in there!ReplyDelete
You're right, Nancy. Slowly but surely, the White Lion is trying to tell me something.Delete
I'm sorry the WL didn't start. Hopefully today!ReplyDelete
I've heard about 'hit the starter with a hammer' before. Might work. You seem to be handling all these motorhome problems with a cool level headed calmness which of course is the right way to handle it. If I was in your situation with those ongoing problems I would be an absolute aggravated mess by now sitting on the ground mumbling incoherently to myself.ReplyDelete
I know what you mean, Al. If I wasn't resigned to the fact that I'll just let things plod along and enjoy where I am, I would really worry. When I came out this year I knew I had unresolved issues and end may be expensive. Determined to enjoy my last time in the southwest.Delete