Originally Posted by Mike
Bad to worse for me.
I remember shezonit's comments about the dipstick in her generator falling off
when she checked the oil recently. Caught it in time, no harm, no foul.
While checking several things yesterday, including the breaker and 5A fuse inside
the control panel, I managed to push the fuse holder into the part of the casing that
it's mounted on, while trying to push the fuse back into place. Unbelievable!!!!
Has anyone else ever done that? Just curious if I'm the only "cursed" genset owner.
I was more concerned about dropping it into the bottom of the casing, where I'd never
find it without dropping the genset out of the van.
So, everything seemed ok that I can check. The battery connections on the coach battery
it uses are all clean and solid, the battery is holding about 12.8V at rest and shows 14.08V
while the van engine is running. The fuse was good for connectivity (before I pushed it
into the genset) and the breaker wasn't tripped.
So, its off to the Onan guy tomorrow or Wednesday to get it fixed (cheaply, I hope).
After waiting for the guy from Hamilton to get back to me (in his defense, he's the only game
in the greater Hamilton area, so I wasn't holding my breath) I decided to send a few more emails
and found another CumminsOnan specialist in Kitchener/Waterloo, Don's Trailer Service, about
100 kms away.
Anyway, ran the situation by them as best I could in an email, and they said bring it in.
So, today I spent the day traveling to Kitchener, and low and behold they found that a connection
inside and towards the front of the genset had corroded and fallen off the solenoid. It took
4 hours to remove, fix, and replace the genset back into the van. If he'd had a new solenoid I'd
have had him put it in, but he didn't so I'm hoping the fix will hold for a while. Not the cheap fix
I'd hoped for, but it works, and if it stops cranking again, I'll have a good idea why, and what's
required to fix it more permanently. No guess as to how the connection ultimately failed,
but natural causes can't be ruled out. Or a bump on the wires could have exascerbated it, but no
way to tell for sure.
They also fixed the fuse holder and another smallish unrelated item that I noticed when I got there.
I got much better service from them than the last place, and they were very professional, but
also very friendly and they listened to what I was telling them before they even started to look
at it. One of the guys told me (while I was just hanging around waiting) that in his 40 years of
doing this, he followed 2 basic rules. 1) Always know how the thing is supposed to work before
you start investigating and 2) listen to what the customer is telling you. it's probably the best clue
as to what's wrong. I like these guys, and would go back to them for just about anything.
Apparently, they help Roadtrek (which is coincidentally about 200 yards up the road) when they get
a brand new genset that isn't working. Before it's installed as new equipment. Thay are that good.
markopolo: These guys are all ex-Mobilife mechanics, recommended to me by Mobilife, and Mobilife
was recommended by the Roadtrek service techs (PL and SH). I recall how you said you'd drive there
just to check out their add ons? I was too tired to drop in today after the genset repair, but I think if
I ever have to go back to KW I will.
Also, the isolator problem looks more like a "remote starter" function problem with my newly istalled
NuStart system. If I start the van remotely and let it run, it drains the battery to the point where, when
it finishes the warmup cycle and shuts off, I can't start the van with my keys, and then have to boost it.
If I just go out in the morning and jump in and start it with keys, it starts no problem. The alarm
functions all seem to be working as they should, door ajar alarm, bump chirping, doors open/close with
the fobs, everything alarm related seems OK.
I have an appointment at the Best Buy that installed it Friday to see if they can figure out what's happening.
I haven't ruled out the isolator as being involved, but it's looking less like that is the problem.
I think they'll get one good shot, then out it comes. It's warranted, but if it's not working, I don't want it anymore.
This deficiency was not reasonably demonstrated by them at the time of installation.