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Old 09-04-2016, 06:44 AM   #85
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Sikaflex 221 is what Airstream uses, available on Amazon for $13 per tube.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:33 AM   #86
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At the MB dealer in Eugene, OR, they did a diagnostic on my off-and-on check engine light, and advised that "the glow plugs" are bad, they and "the board" needing replaced.

The check engine light has gone off and on for years, but as service has been regular and everything else has been working smoothly, it has been ignored.

It was not on when I pulled in here yesterday, but was on when they moved it to the service bay this morning.

The guy here says failure of these glow plugs will eventually cause the engine not to start.

So, for those of you with some miles on your rig, and the check engine light on...this is a possible cause.

He did say the engine is in excellent condition, 176,000+ miles on the road.


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Old 09-14-2016, 11:30 AM   #87
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Glow plugs provide the initial heat that the diesel needs in order explode in the cylinders, more or less. I lost my first car, a diesel VW Rabbit, due to a short circuit in the glow plug system. The car caught fire while parked with engine off, and when all was said and done, I got seventy-five bucks for its scrapped carcass. My mechanic kept telling me how lucky I was that I wasn't in it when the event occurred.
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:41 AM   #88
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I have resisted learning in widowhood what I need to know to continue to travel safely in my beloved Interstate.

I have narrowly averted several near-disasters here recently.

That is going to change, starting today.


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For those who have a DEF system as well, I believe the glow plug circuit also powers a DEF pre-heater. I'm not entirely sure though, but since DEF freezes into a slush at +11°F (without expanding), and the van can be driven year-round, there must be some way to pre-heat the DEF in winter.
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:57 PM   #90
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For those who have a DEF system as well, I believe the glow plug circuit also powers a DEF pre-heater. I'm not entirely sure though, but since DEF freezes into a slush at +11°F (without expanding), and the van can be driven year-round, there must be some way to pre-heat the DEF in winter.
If it's like most light-duty diesels, the ECU won't call for DEF when the engine temp is below a certain level, so until the engine warms up (which in turn thaws the DEF), we add a bit more than usual to global warming......
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If it's like most light-duty diesels, the ECU won't call for DEF when the engine temp is below a certain level, so until the engine warms up (which in turn thaws the DEF), we add a bit more than usual to global warming......
I'll buy that. I'm still groggy on Percoset from my quadruple bypass surgery (just got home today), so right now I'll buy anything!
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:37 PM   #92
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Good to hear Protagonist glad to hear it went well. Hang in there and recuperate.
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Get well soon. Don't want to lose a big chunk of knowledge base.
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I'll buy that. I'm still groggy on Percoset from my quadruple bypass surgery (just got home today), so right now I'll buy anything!
I didn't know that was in work. Glad it went OK and you are home now. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Thanks, All! I'm sore all over more than anywhere else, of course, I have new and interesting scars held together with medical superglue, and I itch all over from having every body hair from the throat down shaved off for the surgery. At least they didn't touch my beard!

The cardiac rehab folks at East Jefferson General Hospital said that my in-patient progress was nothing short of remarkable (for anybody, let alone a diabetic). Maybe they were saying that to boost my confidence but I'd like to think they were telling the truth. After all, for the first time ever after surgery, they allowed me to walk out of the hospital under my own power instead of plopping me into a wheelchair to be rolled out the door like usual.

For my own account, I'm just glad the problem was discovered through Lexiscan testing and not through a stroke or heart attack, so I went into the procedure already as healthy as a diabetic can be. I figure that gives me a leg up on the recovery.

And now back to your regularly scheduled "Interstate Maintenance and Upkeep" thread…
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Glad all is well, Protag.


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Yes, here's to a speedy recovery Protagonist!
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