Hey All --
Here's what happened:
Climbing a pass on highway 212 in SE Montana, heading west from Broadus.
The engine performed great, as it has on this whole trip across country. I kept the RPM's up, and the temperature gauge barely started to move by the time we reached the top.
But as we started heading downhill - to my alarm the temperature gauge kept going up! Within a minute, even though we were coasting, it was up to 205, and I put the engine in neutral to take all load off of it, and I started braking to pull off onto the shoulder.
As I was slowing down, the overheat light came on - and the engine died right as I got off the road.
I got out, and the coolant overflow was gushing coolant on the ground. No hoses appear burst.
We waited a while until the engine was cool, and eventually added 12 gallons of water to get the coolant level back up. We were able to restart the engine, and move a few feet further off the road - but the engine had very little power.
We are stopped in a place 20 minutes from the nearest cell signal, so at the moment we are in the town of Broadus using the Internet to figure out what to do next.
Help, advice and connections appreciated.
We have Coachnet, and they can come tow us in the AM - but we need to know where to get them to tow us to.
Any bus nuts in Montana?
Any good mechanics in Billings, or anywhere else?
Any ideas what might have happened? Overheating on a a downhill is new to me.
What is the right type of tow truck we should insist on to tow a 4106?
Feel free to call me at 408-667-9022 if you have any leads within the next hour (we will be heading back no cell of coverage).
Thanks in advance!!!
- Chris (and Cherie) // www.technomadia.com