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Old 07-14-2011, 08:14 AM   #85
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If you are concerned about too much oil take the filter off dump it and put it back. This should take care of your over fill until you can drain the pan.
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If you are concerned about too much oil take the filter off dump it and put it back. This should take care of your over fill until you can drain the pan.
If you read the beginning of the thread, it's likely to be 6 quarts high.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:26 AM   #87
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Any of the local auto parts stores should be able to sell you the following:

Oil drain pan that is also a container for getting the used oil back to the store for recycling. Use that carefully, and no oil should enter the environment. Also get lotsa paper rags to wipe up.

Rebuilt starter, if you need one. (Sounds to me like you might).

Book(s) to instruct you. But two or three different brands. What one misses, the other should catch. Your motorhome won't be listed in the available books, but your Chevvy engine should be.

Draining oil and reinstalling the drain plug is simple, once you know where the drain plug is. Don't worry about stopping the drain procedure in mid-stream. Drain it all, and put in the right amount of new oil. Oil is cheaper than engines.

The previous post is correct that changing a starter is simple. Disconnect the negative (minus sign near the post) battery terminal before you start! Label each wire you remove with a bit of tape so you get them back on correctly. Two bolts take it off the engine. Careful, it's kinda heavy.

After you survive this emergency, find a "powder puff mechanic" course at a local community college and sign up. Knowledge is power.
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After you disconnect the negative battery terminal, disconnect the positive terminal. Otherwise you will have a hot wire at the starter and you don't want it touching any metal or you will create a short and lots of sparks.

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Old 07-14-2011, 11:01 AM   #89
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If you read the beginning of the thread, it's likely to be 6 quarts high.
Exactly. If you remove the filter it will empty the block of everything above it. This should be at a safe level for a short period.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #90
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Is there anyone up there... another M/H or Campers that could help?
If I was up there I would do this for a cup of coffee and some good karma!
Before I read the thread properly, and realized he was somewhere else, I saw Sacramento in the sig!
I was mentally thinking if I had time to grab a tent, tools and my spare starter, and jump in my Mercedes Diesel for a quick trip up there before "Carmaggedon" starts!
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Wink Hope?

Mechanic is supposed to be here this afternoon. At least he is " hoping to make it" then.

I asked him if I should get an oil drain pan and some new oil to put in. He is supposedly bringing drain pan and we'll just drain out as much as needed. My understanding, limited as it is, is that oil, especially cold, takes awhile to show true on the dipstick. But's the mechanic.

No other MHs around. I brought the number of the suggested alternative place with me and will certainly be contacting them tomorrow if my guy doesn't show.

BTW, the comment about the mixture of cultures was not meant to offend. It is what makes this place special, and I am three of the four mentioned myself. It just doesn't do any good to freak out here (as per my initial post). No one or almost no one operates on that frequency.

I'm tempted to take all the advice and put on my coveralls and start tinkering. But I'm the kind of person who always ends up with extra nuts, bolts, and screws. I know my limitations and I have grown to respect them.
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Lots of fingers crossed for ya buddy!
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My wife and I also represent all sorts of minorities and took no offense. I don't care if someone says a "NY minute" even though I was born there. Some cultures have a different time sense, though I think they should hurry up.

I hope you get this solved and then you might go to RV tech school. Then you can give all of us advice.

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Damn....I alwaze thought it was a "NY Minuet". No kuth here.
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Mechanic is here! It is not the starter

He unhooked it and it started off the battery.

He mentioned the neutral safety switch which others here have mentioned.

If not that... where next?

And where is the neutral safety switch... he said off the transmission?

Is there a field test to see if the motor is indeed fried?
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:51 PM   #98
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Fixed?!

I guess we can end this thread, although it certainly has educated me and entertained me out here in the semi-arid world.

The mechanic removed the starter, tested it, it was good and reinstalled it.

I tried the ignition and all was good.

Mystery?

Any hints in case this repeats itself?

Oh, we drained the oil and his guesstimate was about 3 1/2 quarts.

Thanx everyone.
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