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Old 07-10-2011, 12:38 PM   #57
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Keyair...

That kind of battery cable terminal connector shown in your pic is usually referred to as an 'emergency' terminal...

The cable almost always corrodes in a short time, where it's 'clamped' by the Cad-plated steel strap with two bolts - you have copper wire, lead casting, cad-plated steel, all connected together - a dissimilar metal corrosion problem waiting to happen...

Like I said, an Emergency terminal, meant to 'get you home' so you can install a more permanent connector for the long haul...BUT, human nature being what it is, those things almost never get changed out till they break or corrode...!

I sell lots of em' in my battery shop, and they keep coming back for more! I try to talk customers into installing a nice soldered or HD crimped-on copper terminal, but the added expense deters most - dollar wise and penny foolish, it seems to me - why ask for problems (or being stranded) at the most inopportune time when you could fix it right the first time!

As to the starter problems...just had to fix our fork lift's starter again...it was beginning to 'grind' a bit when engaged, but hey, it would start, so we ignored it - wrong decision, soon it would 'kick-in' strong, but not turn the flywheel (turn over the engine) - could get it to mesh once in a while by rapidly turning the key to the START position, but then wouldn't have enough power to turn over engine...

1. Good battery - hey we have lots of em'!
2. Cables were all in good condition - we supply those too!
3. Starter solenoid seemed in good shape as it would rapidly 'snap' the drive with a good solid 'thunk'!
4. Starter has a new armature, brushes, etc. during the last rebuild about six months earlier...didn't think that would be the problem..
5. that left us with questions about the starter drive, or Bendix as referred to by some - it was being engaged by the solenoid but not turning most of the time, acting as if it had worn parts, etc...

Sure enough - the drive was junk, history, kaput! Had a new drive installed, slapped that starter back in, and it now purrs like a kitten - best ever!

After the oil level issues are corrected, I'd sure take a long hard look at the starter, as I guess you've done by now...especially if the starter was 'abused' somewhat during your attempt to get the rig going after it's last storage - you mentioned three tries to get it started - those starters can easily get overheated and start to self destruct if not left to cool after cranking for a few seconds...

Good luck on your adventures...
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:02 PM   #58
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How come you haven't contacted the mechanic Lynn Eubank recommended? I don't think Lynn would suggest someone who does not show up. Maybe you are far from Angel Fire—on the other side of Taos— and don't want to call someone there, but the one you have tried is unreliable.

The chances are this is a simple problem and even a mediocre mechanic could fix it in an hour or two if he has a selection of tools, and a new battery, starter and solenoid to try out. New ignition wires and distributer parts would be good too.

Despite all this, I hope you are enjoying New Mexico.

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Gene, I think he's down at Sierra Village, just a couple of miles outside of town. That's still 20-something miles from Angel Fire.


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Clearly Gene's avatar is of his better half.
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It's only taken me 4 years to bother to figure out how to do an avatar.

You can get the same poster at the Idaho Potato Museum. We put ours on the wardrobe wall in the bedroom where I think of her as St. Marilyn. Yes, it is Marilyn Monroe in a potato sack in a field of potato plants.

It is not Barb. Barb is much better looking.

And, where o where is Silverdream?

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Still stuck. Mechanic showed up 8pm Sunday with family after wife insisted on a different sort of day. Promised to come back "this week" after 4:30. If I had a choice... Well, I'll start looking around again today, I guess.

Putting down roots...
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Still stuck. Mechanic showed up 8pm Sunday with family after wife insisted on a different sort of day. Promised to come back "this week" after 4:30. If I had a choice... Well, I'll start looking around again today, I guess.

Putting down roots...
"This week" eh? There's nothing like a reliable mechanic... and this guy is nothing like a mechanic I'd want to rely on.
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Did you say that you do have Good Sams or other roadside service ???

They should be able to find a reputable shop for you and should cover towing ( I believe up to 1000 miles )

There has to be someone who can take care of this for you within that distance.
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I just...flat out...do not understand this whole mess. I am way to obsessive to put up with sitting in the middle of no damn where, waiting for someone, who may be able to fix the unknown problem, if he decides to show up, if he has time, etc., etc. Especially if I have a policy which will take me out, to a genuine mechanic, who actually would work.
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I just...flat out...do not understand this whole mess. I am way to obsessive to put up with sitting in the middle of no damn where, waiting for someone, who may be able to fix the unknown problem, if he decides to show up, if he has time, etc., etc. Especially if I have a policy which will take me out, to a genuine mechanic, who actually would work.
Part of the issue may be the moho-vs-trailer thing. If the moho gets put in a shop silverdream2 will need a place to stay. I agree, though... I would have completely lost it by now. (then again, I'd have been tinkering with it myself a week ago.)
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Excellent answer, my friend!

CrawfordGene said:

It is not Barb. Barb is much better looking.



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I may be in Taos after the Balloon Fiesta in early October. Maybe I'll stop by and look at it then. You could be in a lot worse places than Taos for the summer and fall is always nice. Winter isn't so bad either.

Santa Fe is a fairly short drive and there's plenty to do there. I think license plates are not too expensive in NM and they have nice state parks. You can go to Angel Fire and ski.

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It is not Barb. Barb is much better looking.



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Nice one, Gene.
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