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Author Topic: Bangor,ME Northern Forest Expo,May17-18 2013  (Read 20088 times)

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Re: Bangor,ME Northern Forest Expo,May17-18 2013
« Reply #80 on: May 21, 2013, 07:33:05 PM »
Well, I left thecfarm and JohnM in the parking garage, late Friday afternoon, after we looked for a few minutes at some tools, and went into the hotel to use the bathroom.

Shortly after that, I headed home.

I didn't get too far, about 40 minutes drive, and all of a sudden I hear this POP and the tach on the dash goes dead. Rolled to a stop at mile marker 116 south bound on I95 just north of Augusta, ME.

Called AAA and got a tow. Nice guy and his gal in a ramp truck hauled my broke down SUV up and off the highway.

They drove me to a local Best Western and I stayed overnight, as the mechanic at their shop would be in at 8 am to look at my truck to see was was wrong.

At 7:15 am I called another tow company that I had done business with in the past and asked them for a quote of what it would cost for them to come up and get me. The called me back shortly thereafter and said $600. Wow, that was out of the question.

I called another guy that I'm suppose to saw his logs this week and left him a message that I needed a ramp truck rescue. And he hasn't called me back yet.

At 7:30 am I started walking to the garage that was on the other side of the highway about 1.5 miles away.

I got there just a bit after 8 am and the mechanic was working on my truck. He told me he had already had it running. Wow, what a relief that was to hear. I figured I was home free.

Well, he continued to say it didn't run very long and died.

He had checked the fuel line/system to make sure it was getting fuel as I thought maybe it was the fuel pump again. I lost that last summer on a Sunday and it kind of acting like the same thing.
He said I had plenty of fuel.

He figured it was the coil and the electronic module right next to the coil. He seemed to think that it was getting too hot and when it gets hot it shuts down. Let it cool off and it starts back up again.

So he went down back to the junk cars and trucks and got one out of a "parts" vehicle back there.
We put that one in and he let it run in his driveway for 30 minutes. Ran fine and he figured it was all set.

I asked him should I go down the road the 1/4 mile to the local Autozone and get a new coil to have with me for the ride home, just in case. He said I couldn't install it out on the side of the road as you need to grind off the rivets and put in some bolts to install it properly in the holding bracket.
I asked him should I go down the road the 1/4 mile to the local Autozone and get a new electronic module to have with me for the ride home just in case. He said that I couldn't install that out on the side of the road either.

I should have gone down the road 1/4 mile and got them anyhow.

But I took his advice and off I went down the highway. The cost for his repairs, for putting in the old spare part coil and module was $50.

I got about 17 miles down the road and it died again. I was not happy at all. Only 22 minutes of travel and it was dead again.

I waited a while and it started up again. I drove another 25 minutes to another exit and got off to go to an auto parts store and get some fuel line cleaner to hopefully flush out any build up in my system that was causing it to run rough. Stopped and started the truck right up just like nothing was wrong.

I got less than 6 miles down the road and it died again. Rolled to a shady spot on the side of the highway off ramp heading for Route 1 south to find another auto parts store to buy a module and coil.
While sitting there I got to thinking that maybe it wasn't the coil or the module but the wires that go to these two things. So I got out and wiggled them around and unplugged them and plugged them back in a couple of times thinking that maybe the was a bad connections or something.

Got back in and it started right up like nothing was wrong. So off down route 1 I go trying to find another auto parts store.

Drove through Freeport and didn't see one any where. So, after about 10 miles and another 16 minutes, I finally found one just south of Freeport on route 1 a nice little Napa store.
Backed into shady parking spot and shut it off.

I when in with the original parts from my truck and after talking again with the mechanic at the tow garage, he said buy the module first. So $89 later I put it in and it wouldn't start.

Tow garage mechanic says it won't work unless it's grounded..... Back into the store. Do you have a wrench that will take off this little tiny bolt? that I can either borrow or buy?

Clerk says: "Let me see, 5 mm is too small, 6 mm is too big. 1/4" is too small, 5/16" is too big. Oh, that must be one of those weird 5 1/2 mm bolts, like on the Ford distributors."

Great a weird size bolt.
"Do you have any tool that will work for this?"

"Let me look it up in the book. Ok, I've got the part number, and the computer says we have one."

Out back, in from out back. "here it is." "You can use it if you want or you can buy it."

"I'll take it, how much?" " $8."

Now I mount the module like it's suppose to be attached to the bracket, all grounded and everything.

Won't start.

Back into the store.

"Have you got one of these coils?"

"Yes."

"How much?" "$50."  "sold"

Hooked it up to the two wires. Try it, won't start.

Mechanic says, "it has to be grounded to work."

Take the $8 socket and rig up a bracket that came in the coil box and get the coil bolted to the module bolt and try it.

Started right up.

When inside to thank the counter guy and headed home.

Only got to go 90 more miles and about 1 1/2 hours to get home.

Arrive in yard at 3:30 pm. It took me 6 hours to go what should have been a 2 hour drive home.

Sunday morning, I ground the rivets off the bracket and mounted the coil correctly and so far all is working fine.

What a trip.

Jim Rogers
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Re: Bangor,ME Northern Forest Expo,May17-18 2013
« Reply #81 on: May 21, 2013, 08:20:27 PM »
That is too bad,But you made it without the $600 tow charge. And it was day light out too.The next trip in two years will be better.  ;D
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Re: Bangor,ME Northern Forest Expo,May17-18 2013
« Reply #82 on: May 21, 2013, 09:56:24 PM »
Wow!! :o  Good thing you didn't try that luck at the casino, Jim! ;) ;D :D  That's one of those 'sucks in the moment but makes a good story later' type events...or not.  :D :)

Thanks again for taking the time to show me the timberframe tools and I'll shoot you a note when find where that timberframe class is held that I was thinking of going to.  Crazy busy right now but I'm hoping to have road trip story of my own to share by the end of the weekend. ;)  (shh...don't tell Ray!! ;D)

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Re: Bangor,ME Northern Forest Expo,May17-18 2013
« Reply #83 on: May 21, 2013, 09:58:44 PM »
I am busting at the seams.  :D
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