As we mentioned in the other thread, we made an offer on the 4106 in Yuma - contingent on getting the generator started, the air conditioning working, and a test drive.
We brought along a new starter battery for the generator and a trunk full of tools borrowed from friends in Lake Havasu City, and met the current owner this morning.
Unfortunately - the generator was completely dead to the world when we hooked up the new battery. So much for believing the auction companies assurances.
Fortunately, the uber-amazing Sean Welsh was on call as our technical consultant, and he was able to talk me through some troubleshooting from afar. After four hours working in the sweltering southern Arizona sun (109 degrees!), I had traced down a bad circuit breaker, routed around it, and rigged up a jerry can to get the generator fresh fuel. And it worked - at least long enough to test out the air conditioning and other AC systems!
(The generator then proceeded to overheat and shut down after 10 minutes of use, but that is a problem for another day...)
All that was left was a test drive. The owner came back to the yard, started up the bus engine, there was essentially no smoke, it was running great, air pressure was building.... And then, sputter, sputter, stop.
He tried to restart it, but no luck.
Out of fuel?
The owner had put in four gallons via a jerry can this morning, but he has no idea how much is in the tank and the gauge is non-functional. He drove it 60 miles to Yuma from the auction, and had never filled the tank in the time he has had it. Based on the generator not getting any fuel from the main tank line, I am assuming that the main tank must be very low, and the extended 30+ minutes of idling when he showed off the bus to us on Saturday might have drained it into the danger zone.
Sean gave me some more advice via telephone on trying taking off the fuel filters and filling them with diesel, but before we could do any of that the storage yard was shutting down for the day.
So... Now we are chilling in Yuma, planning to return at 9AM tomorrow when the storage yard opens with five or ten more gallons of diesel to add to the tank.
Any advice on how to best proceed in the morning getting the engine going again?
We just signed up for Coach Net last night, so in theory we can call for help re-priming the engine, if that is indeed the problem. Or maybe we can track down another resource around the Yuma area that can help us?
We got two thirds of the way there today. All we need is a satisfactory test drive, and we'll be bus owners tomorrow.
Thank you so much to everyone on these forums - your help and support as a community has been fabulous.
Wish us luck,
- Chris (and Cherie) // www.technomadia.com