Roger went right to work checking diodes, solenoids, actuators and pumps. It doesn't matter how hard you try, when working with diesel you get dirty.
We took the air filter out and blew it out to make sure there was nothing restricting the air flow. If you know anything about diesel engines you will know that black smoke generally means too much fuel or not enough air. There was some dust but nothing to create the problem we have.
About noon we finally got down to the last code which says we have an injector pump problem. He had suspected that from the start I think, but because the pumps are expensive, he wanted to rule out all the simple stuff. The filters and hoses had to be changed no matter what. So now the hunt for a reasonably priced injector pump begins.
While all of this is taking place, Pat and Harold are patiently waiting outside in the parking lot. It is cold and windy out there so we hope they are keeping warm. True friends!!
So after about an hour of searching for pumps, the owner of Pinks and Roger and I had a pow wow. This was after they broke the news to me that a re-manufactured pump will cost around $3500.00!!! We also talked about getting a used one at a wrecker for about $1000.00 but there is no guarantee it will even work. Could have a million miles on it. My thought was that this pump only has 60,000 miles on it and should be in fairly good mechanical condition. There is a rebuild shop down the road that will take it apart and clean it and test it. If, and I say If, it needs new parts they will install as needed. Bottom line is that the most it will cost for them to do a complete remanufacture would be the $3500.00. But the gamble is that it is just dirty and maybe under a $1000.00 will fix it. So we cut the filter open to see what it looks like and it is black and slimy. This could be from the old fuel lines breaking down on the inside. Some of the gunk has obviously got through the filters so it is probably lodged in the pump. Fingers crossed that is all it is. If that's what it is....cheap fix. Well not cheap but cheap compared to rebuilt.
|Roger cut the old filter apart to inspect|
The plan to get the pump taken apart and cleaned was a no brainer so they are starting to take it off the MH and Sue and I will transport it to Dubuque in the Jeep. That will save a lot of time. Dubuque is about 40 minutes from here.
So 5 o'clock rolls around and everyone in the shop is done for the day. The owner AJ catches me and say that the guys usually hang around for a quick one and some BS so he invites me. He hands me a beer and I stayed and chatted for quite a while with him and Steve and Roger and Matt. The guys were interested in our lifestyle and how we operate. After a bit Matt asks me if I want to come with him to see his parents dairy operation. I couldn't resist so off we went. I should add that Sue has not been feeling good today so she stuck close to home tonight.
The dairy operation is kind of a family size farm. They milk between 60 and 80 cows at any given time and take a lot of pride in what they do. It demands a lot of them because they have to be there 7 days a week and the milking HAS to be done twice a day like clock work. When we arrived they were about half done the milking so I got to see the whole operation. First stop was the milking parlour. There is about a 3 foot deep pit to stand in to make the work easier. The cows are well trained and when they open the gate for more, the cows actually side step into place. It is rather like a dance to watch them. They do it so often that they are very well trained. The pit is very clean and constantly washed down.
Matt dropped me back off at Pinks Automotive shop where we are going to spend the night. We can only wonder what will happen tomorrow.
Here was our view out the window for a couple days: