Looking Mr. Good Disco

November 4, 2005

Gas mileage down, Disco search halted
EGD stated that the BWB has a nasty odor coming from her. Coincidentally the gas mileage has dropped to 13.5 from the 14.5 and 15 mpg I was getting. I expect she is running rich and will need the oxygen sensors replaced, again!

Discovering a Discovery
My dear wife, oh how I love her so. After she watched me work on the BWB for 3 straight weekends, said we needed a new car. I told her I wanted to get another Rover. Her concerns were all valid. You recite them with me being as you are probably a Rover Owner too. Reliability, warranty, etc...

She did have a few guidelines.

little or no maintenance: She doesn't want me working on it "all the time". So that eliminates an older Disco I and another Range Rover Classic

she wanted 7 seats: Sweet! I'm thinking Series 109inch. Man how good would I look driving around a 109 or an early Defender 110?!?! Damn good that's how good.

air conditioning: Okay so no Series, Discovery has a seven seat option.

What did that leave me. Discovery SE7. Our price range is mid 20s and lower. That would mean a $500 plus car payment and more insurance. But RovErica will be driving this time next year. And Drewster Rooster will be needing an auto in just under 4 years. He is happy to drive the Taurus and RovErica likes the novelty of the Rover as I do. So I'm thinking she can drive the BWB and I'll have a Disco II.

All sound arguements. Except for these facts:

  • I DON'T WANT ANOTHER CAR PAYMENT. We just got both cars paid off.
  • SE7s just don't grow on trees apparently. They are out there, but as of this writing there are zero, zilch, nada, AKA none in Oklahoma. Not a single one.

    I got cold feet not getting to look at the vehicle, in person, prior to purchase. Also some of these vehicles are quite a haul from our location in Central Oklahoma. One nice one was in Jonesboro, Arkansas, it had the built in DVD for somewhere around $23,500. There were a couple of nice ones in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area too. And at least 10 in Denver. But those are long drives for nothing if I don't buy. But alas, I digress.

    So we said, let's wait. So I'm guessing in Spring I'll be looking for a 2003 or 2004 Discovery II SE7. Good news is those 2003's and 04's will be another year older and another year depriciated.


  • Heater Core Hell

    November 1, 2005

    Heater core replacement
    Finished the heater core replacement. It was challenging but not terribly difficult, in a technical sense. The core itself was a chore to get in the blower box. They disassembly of the dash was easy enough. I took pictures on the parts I was sure I would wonder "where did that go?".

    The hardest part seemed to be putting the heater supply hoses back on. They are plugged into the heater core at the firewall behind the engine. I found it easier to remove the hood (bonnet) to get to them. I would say this is imperative, but there is someone out there I'm sure who did this and didn't need to remove the bonnet.

    Heat is good. Read about it here.


    Stupid alternator

    October 15th, 2005

    Heater core replacement
    This weekend I am tackling the horrible and dread project of fixing the heater core. As you may remember it popped when I was heading into work back in April when the cooling system was failing with the head gasket problem.

    I hear it is a 4 hour off and 4 hour back on job to pull the dash out. JagGuy is hoping for lots of pictures so he can pull his to fix the expansion valve on his A/C. He will probably want some help when he does his for sure. I owe him big time I hope he asks for it.

    While I'm in there I'm going to check all the electric connections. The problem with the discharge could still be there with a problem associated to the fuse box. Strange thing happened when I was testing problems when I plugged the dome light fuse back in. I got a nice spark and the light started working where it wasn't just minutes before.

    As the story goes the cab was filled with nasty antifreeze steam and the under dash was definately wet. So I will be cleaning that up while I'm in there.

    Thanks to all the guys that gave me tips about their project. Especially you guys from the LRO Forum.

    I'll have a write up on it as soon as it is done. Look for it on the Tech Tips page.


    Heater Core Replacement Surgery

    October 14th, 2005

    Charging problems
    All of a sudden I have a charging problem. Everything was working fine. I leave my lights on one time at work and drain the battery to zero. So I get it jumped and it manages to get me home and such. So a week later I don't drive the BWB for an entire weekend. That was nice. Anyway, Monday morning she is dead again. So I jump her and drive her to work. Battery drains over the day and I have to have a jump again. I get home and have to jump the next morning again. So I take it to the O'Reilly's they test the battery and the alternator. Thumbs up on the alternator according to the guy holding the tester. So I go in and get another battery, prorated and it costs me $15.05(US). Sweet what a deal.

    So a couple of days later it's dead again. I can't figure that out. So with a suggestion from EGD I begin pulling fuses while measuring the amps at the battery. That was a tricky deal, because the measurement changes as the devices draw. I'm averaging 1.4 to 1.7 draw. I notice how ever that on a couple of fuses when they are out I'm drawing 4.3 to 5.2. With them out I draw more?

    Also depending on how long I kept the leads connected the voltage would eventually drop to .3. I'm guessing that was something to do with the meter. Meters don't like to be conductive paths and I figure that was a safety feature to protect the meter. That is a guess of course.

    Well as I'm testing I notice a very high frequency hum coming from my right. Over near the alternator. So I listen closer and the alternator is humming. That can't be right I think. Also the 4.3 to 5.2 is on the meter when I hear it. Remove the leads it goes away. Reconnect it is back. Well a few times anyway. I am unable to make the hum start on my own accord. So I am convinced the alternator is toast. All that charging on a dead battery could wear out an old under powered alternator anyway. Lots of web pages mention the alternator being too wimpy anyway. This is supported by the fact that when you order a rebuilt one, they are 100 amp and not 80 amp like the original.

    So I order the alternator from NAPA with a lifetime warranty, five year free towing to a NAPA service center. If the alternator is the reason for the tow a new alternator and the tow are free. What the hell, I say, $290 bucks. Whatever I want the damn thing fixed. The teasing from EGD, Titanium Hitch, and my boss is becoming unbearable.

    So I swap the alternator. Two big bolts, remove the air filter assembly, loosen the belt tightener. Swap. Bolt it back up, done. Poof like 30 minutes I'm done. I cleaned off the terminals and the battery cables and even grease them for fun. I go to start it and nothing. Turns over does not start.

    First I'm thinking WTF? Those two things aren't related, well not much anyway. So I get RovErica to fire her up while I check for spark. No spark.

    With a suggestion from JagGuy who informs me I must have busted a wire when I was working near the ignition relocation module. Okay so I go back and every wire I touch breaks. Makes me wonder how it was running in the first place. So I wire it all back up with some difficulty. Not completely understanding where all the wires go makes the logic hard to follow. But wired back up it was. Still nothing.

    I give up and my wife says it might be good to look for another Rover. "If this one is going to be down three days a week. You'll need to get to work." That was bad. I don't want another car payment right now. And I'm beginning to doubt why I am obsessed with these Rovers. I printed up the testing procedures and got to Test 2 before I find the problem, dead coil. I give up at 11:15pm, send the emails to work telling them to cancel my appointment and telling them I'm dead in the water.

    In the morning I call JagGuy again. He says Eric that doesn't make any sense if you are wired up and don't have any voltage at the coil, it's not the coil. It must be something else. I tell him how frustrated I am and that I'm well over my head at this point. He says casually as he signs off, telling me to call him later and to check your fuses and your connections again.

    I have half the wiring harness disassembled and am wondering how all this works. I think okay check the fuses. Why didn't I check them earlier? Well guess what dead 20 amp ignition fuse. Feeling like a complete horse's ass I fire her up and everything worked. Fun thing happens while I'm reassembling the wire harness... the NEW alternator makes the hum sound.

    What is wrong with me? I'm a smart guy, well sorta. I'm no slouch anyway. Why can't I understand all the concepts related to ignition systems? It's rhetorical, so don't email me on that.

    It's a few day later and all seems well and the alternator is working well. The battery is not discharged. I own a new trickle charger. And I can now get to work.


    Big update in the works

    August 15th, 2005

    More updates.
    I fixed the Archive files. They were really screwed up.

    Ignition
    Had trouble with the ignition this past week. With my back being in it's current very screwed up state it has been difficult to get in and out of any car. The MRI says I have an L3 L4 compression with pressure on my nerve root. Very painful by the way, the pain feels like my right hip is dislocated. L4 L5 is torn and something is wrong with L5 S1 too. The biggest worry is the first one. With that said I finally figured out that if I put my head in first and then climb in I don't have to bend my back as much. But this caused me to bump, with my knee, the steering column.

    This caused the already troublesome connection on the back of the ignition switch to be in a mostly unconnected state. It would start if I held the key right and jiggled the column plastic. But I had no accessories, lights, or much else.

    To fix it I took some time before one of RovErica's softball games to take the column off and fix the ignition plug more snuggly to the switch. I used two zip ties and just tightened them up to snug the plug to the back. It worked better than I thought it would have. You no longer have to double turn the ignition switch to get the BWB started and the radio and all the accessories work without fault.

    Loosing oil
    I am loosing some oil past the pan. JagGuy warned me not to tighten and thus crush the cork gasket too much. But I must have done that. I will need to schedule a new gasket on my next oil change.

    Coolant
    The past few mornings the low coolant light has been blinking when I start up. I haven't had time to check the level but will need to do that tomorrow morning, if I'm not running late to work.

    Complaints
    My wife complained the other day when I was driving her home that the heat on the passenger side floor board was unbareable. I will have to see what happened there. It has all the padding still, maybe it slipped down. Who knows? I may just get piece of heat pad for below the pad just for fun.

    Air Conditioning
    Well the AC is no longer working. I got a black light out and sure enough the compressor is toast. Lots of leaks. So I broke down and ordered one. I saw the prices at all the regular places. Atlantic British, Rovers North and British Pacific. None of them could come close to the price of Oklahoma Auto Air. I bought a new compressor for $295. They had to order it from a supplier because it wasn't in stock but they had it the next day. JagGuy has used them for years. I will probably have them make my new hoses too. The prices of which were cheaper than the online catalogs too. They quoted me a price per foot and a price for each end. The exact numbers escape me as of this entry but I'll give you the details when I'm done. Tell Don Murphy Eric Stephens from OkieRover recommended you. There will be more in my write up on the Tech Tips page.


    Big update in the works

    July 8th, 2005

    There is a huge update in the works. I have started on it now twice, once yesterday, and again today, having deleted several days work. Very frustrating.

    Engine
    JagGuy and I have the engine in. We started on it April and finished it after three long weekends. JagGuy has all the skill necessary for a successful transplant. And it showed. He had the heads off and the engine built before I could get in the shop each weekend. He has the luxury of Fridays being fun days and he used his "fun" day for my engine. What a great friend.

    With the engine swap we found several other problems. I will start listing them and I will probably forget some as there were many.

    Radiator
    It was indeed a head gasket problem but with that there was also a problem with the radiator. It was clogged again. We noticed that when we revved the engine the hoses would flex. Meaning there was a lot of pressure in the system. Frustrated I replaced the radiator with a new one from Atlantic British. Cooling problems vanished.

    Heater Core
    One of the final things to be blown by the old engine was the heater core. I have heard horror stories about getting the dash off to replace this part. I will wait for a weekend in September or October when it gets cooler to replace this. I bought the replacement core when it came up on British Pacific's Steve's Deal of the Day.

    The wife
    While I'm sure some of you were expecting me to say I was replacing my wife, I have not. She has been harrassing me lately about the costs of the BWB. Keeping a 12 year old car on the road in good working order is hard. It is harder when it was designed in a British Pub by 12 drunk engineers. But for my piece of mind and to reassure her that I was not spending the milk money for frivolous toys I pulled a report out of Quicken of all the auto repair expenses. I was surprised by the amount, surprised in a good way. She was surprised in a bad way. 2800 dollars (US) was the tally for the period since I made the final payment back in November 2004. Not bad for all the things I've bought for the engine and including oil changes for both cars. She still believes with all her heart that a $450 a month car payment would be cheaper than putting parts on the paid off Rover. I have now classified the Rover as a restoration project. So the costs are easier to stomach as I am restoring a car, just like on TV!!!!

    Steering seal
    The morning after I got the BWB home with all the overheating problems we planned to return her to the shop in Edmond, it was a cool April morning so I figured the heating problems would be less if I went in the morning. After I pulled into the gas station to fill up I got out and noticed the long red stream of fluid leading from the street to underneath the Rover. Transmission fluid, but from where? After a long look it was the steering box. Since ATF will burn and considering the blow back to the exhaust I drove her home defeated and disappointed. We put a seal on the next weekend.

    Steering Shaft
    Once again on sale at British Pacific. If you look at the steering shaft you will notice a rubber grommet there. Mine is hard as a rock and cracked. Obviously failed. Now the question begs why can't we just replace the rubber bits. Well I bought a new shaft and will investigate if the old can be repaired when I get it off of there. Hammerin' Dan observes that the heat from the headers is probably to blame in the rubber failing. Possibly some asbestos wrap might be in order.

    Brake Switch
    The ABS lights came on and with some investigation and a clever way to short the diagnostic plug I learned my brake light switch had failed. I got a replacement on sale from British Pacific's Deal of the day. The installation was not any fun due to the location and the contortionist position you have to get in. Also my eyes don't work that well up close and so most of the install was done while guessing on a blurry image.

    Radio
    The steam that escaped from the blown heater core filled the cab with nasty antifreeze steam. The radio immediately from that day forward would act like it lost power often loosing the code. Occassionaly it would not work at all. I thought sure the steam killed it. I was wrong. The ignition switch is failing. You may say, "what the hell?" Well it would be a good question. The accessory function of the switch that powers many things like the windows and other stuff is apparently shorting out or not making connection. So among the other things the ignition switch is failing and needs some help.

    Carpets
    Had to clean the carpets again due to the antifreeze leak inside the cab. Due to my previous planning I did not have to remove the center console. Sweet!

    Exhaust
    Having spent a good three hours under the BWB during the engine project I noticed that none of the hangers were replaced the last time I had the exhaust worked on at University Muffler. That is disappointing cause I like those guys their work is just not very good. I had it in there again recently to have a torn exhaust pipe fixed. Due to the hangers being unhooked the only place the exhaust was attached had stressed the pipe to the point that the silencer at the rear was about to break off. I had them cut it off and weld on a pipe. It changed the sound some but not too bad. Well the weld for that section broke. So I took it to Discount Muffler just up the road from the office and had them put a good weld on it. It cost me 25 bucks but it's now welded. I will come back to them to have the new cats welded in as soon as I buy them.

    Archive
    I broke up the archive in to sections based on the year. I've been doing this Rover Log for 3 years now. Wow.

    So be patient with me as I get the new pages up. Thanks for reading and happy rovering. Tell your friends about the site.


    Blown head gasket Motor building

    April 11th, 2005

    What a week I'm having.

    It all starts back two weeks ago. Okay I know a week that lasts three weeks is really not possible. Okay three weeks ago...
    I am coming back from lunch on a beautiful Friday and I pop the top radiator hose. Just a small split but a well aimed split. Located in the temperature sensor graft about a millimeter wide. And as you can probably guess aimed right at the distributor. Not only loosing coolant but it was also disabling the BWB by wetting the distributor.

    I managed to get a buddy from work to haul me down to Rover Cannibal where Ryan helped me out with a replacement hose. Back to the Rover and I get it fitted all is well.

    Then the following Monday I am cruising on I-235 at 70mph in morning bumper to bumper traffic when I blow the heater hose behind the dash. Steam filled the cab so quickly I could not see for a good 20 seconds. Steam on everything. My first thought was, "I've never seen that before." The second one was if my wife would bury me in the BWB as I requested or out of spite have me cremated on the top of the Rover.

    In any event I rolled the window down and Ace Ventura style manage to get her to the side of the highway. The next movie parallel was as I am sitting there on the side of the highway with steam rolling out it must have looked like the van in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when the stoners roll out for school.

    Finally all the coolant is out of the system and I rolled her on down the road to the 36th street exit. Where again I call the Evil German Dude to come and get me. We go to O'Reilly's and get some coolant and 5 foot of hose. The hose is to bypass the the heater system inside the Rover. I pulled the hoses on the return and feed sides of the heater system and wrapped the hose around and closed the system.

    With all these hoses popping leaks and such only one thing can do that. That's right, the head gasket. Your intrepid adventurer has been waiting for this moment for a few years. The gasket has been a perrenial problem and it is finally done.

    JagGuy and I found a line on another motor off of a burned Classic LWB in Moore, Oklahoma. He picked it up last week and stripped it down. We cleaned it up and although the top looked pretty nasty the bottom end looks really good. No wear in the cylinders. We took the heads off and are having them "worked". Reassembly is next Saturday. I will let you know more with pictures and everything.

    The steam under the dash I hope has not screwed anything up. The radio is misbehaving and the carpets are soaked with coolant. So for sure I will be pulling them again.

    The hose behind the dash will need to be replaced as well. I'm not looking forward to this project. But I will write it up with lots of pictures.


    Big update in the works

    July 8th, 2005

    There is a huge update in the works. I have started on it now twice, once yesterday, and again today, having deleted several days work. Very frustrating.

    Engine
    JagGuy and I have the engine in. We started on it April and finished it after three long weekends. JagGuy has all the skill necessary for a successful transplant. And it showed. He had the heads off and the engine built before I could get in the shop each weekend. He has the luxury of Fridays being fun days and he used his "fun" day for my engine. What a great friend.

    With the engine swap we found several other problems. I will start listing them and I will probably forget some as there were many.

    Radiator
    It was indeed a head gasket problem but with that there was also a problem with the radiator. It was clogged again. We noticed that when we revved the engine the hoses would flex. Meaning there was a lot of pressure in the system. Frustrated I replaced the radiator with a new one from Atlantic British. Cooling problems vanished.

    Heater Core
    One of the final things to be blown by the old engine was the heater core. I have heard horror stories about getting the dash off to replace this part. I will wait for a weekend in September or October when it gets cooler to replace this. I bought the replacement core when it came up on British Pacific's Steve's Deal of the Day.

    The wife
    While I'm sure some of you were expecting me to say I was replacing my wife, I have not. She has been harrassing me lately about the costs of the BWB. Keeping a 12 year old car on the road in good working order is hard. It is harder when it was designed in a British Pub by 12 drunk engineers. But for my piece of mind and to reassure her that I was not spending the milk money for frivolous toys I pulled a report out of Quicken of all the auto repair expenses. I was surprised by the amount, surprised in a good way. She was surprised in a bad way. 2800 dollars (US) was the tally for the period since I made the final payment back in November 2004. Not bad for all the things I've bought for the engine and including oil changes for both cars. She still believes with all her heart that a $450 a month car payment would be cheaper than putting parts on the paid off Rover. I have now classified the Rover as a restoration project. So the costs are easier to stomach as I am restoring a car, just like on TV!!!!

    Steering seal
    The morning after I got the BWB home with all the overheating problems we planned to return her to the shop in Edmond, it was a cool April morning so I figured the heating problems would be less if I went in the morning. After I pulled into the gas station to fill up I got out and noticed the long red stream of fluid leading from the street to underneath the Rover. Transmission fluid, but from where? After a long look it was the steering box. Since ATF will burn and considering the blow back to the exhaust I drove her home defeated and disappointed. We put a seal on the next weekend.

    Steering Shaft
    Once again on sale at British Pacific. If you look at the steering shaft you will notice a rubber grommet there. Mine is hard as a rock and cracked. Obviously failed. Now the question begs why can't we just replace the rubber bits. Well I bought a new shaft and will investigate if the old can be repaired when I get it off of there. Hammerin' Dan observes that the heat from the headers is probably to blame in the rubber failing. Possibly some asbestos wrap might be in order.

    Brake Switch
    The ABS lights came on and with some investigation and a clever way to short the diagnostic plug I learned my brake light switch had failed. I got a replacement on sale from British Pacific's Deal of the day. The installation was not any fun due to the location and the contortionist position you have to get in. Also my eyes don't work that well up close and so most of the install was done while guessing on a blurry image.

    Radio
    The steam that escaped from the blown heater core filled the cab with nasty antifreeze steam. The radio immediately from that day forward would act like it lost power often loosing the code. Occassionaly it would not work at all. I thought sure the steam killed it. I was wrong. The ignition switch is failing. You may say, "what the hell?" Well it would be a good question. The accessory function of the switch that powers many things like the windows and other stuff is apparently shorting out or not making connection. So among the other things the ignition switch is failing and needs some help.

    Carpets
    Had to clean the carpets again due to the antifreeze leak inside the cab. Due to my previous planning I did not have to remove the center console. Sweet!

    Exhaust
    Having spent a good three hours under the BWB during the engine project I noticed that none of the hangers were replaced the last time I had the exhaust worked on at University Muffler. That is disappointing cause I like those guys their work is just not very good. I had it in there again recently to have a torn exhaust pipe fixed. Due to the hangers being unhooked the only place the exhaust was attached had stressed the pipe to the point that the silencer at the rear was about to break off. I had them cut it off and weld on a pipe. It changed the sound some but not too bad. Well the weld for that section broke. So I took it to Discount Muffler just up the road from the office and had them put a good weld on it. It cost me 25 bucks but it's now welded. I will come back to them to have the new cats welded in as soon as I buy them.

    Archive
    I broke up the archive in to sections based on the year. I've been doing this Rover Log for 3 years now. Wow.

    So be patient with me as I get the new pages up. Thanks for reading and happy rovering. Tell your friends about the site.


    Blown head gasket Motor building

    April 11th, 2005

    What a week I'm having.

    It all starts back two weeks ago. Okay I know a week that lasts three weeks is really not possible. Okay three weeks ago...
    I am coming back from lunch on a beautiful Friday and I pop the top radiator hose. Just a small split but a well aimed split. Located in the temperature sensor graft about a millimeter wide. And as you can probably guess aimed right at the distributor. Not only loosing coolant but it was also disabling the BWB by wetting the distributor.

    I managed to get a buddy from work to haul me down to Rover Cannibal where Ryan helped me out with a replacement hose. Back to the Rover and I get it fitted all is well.

    Then the following Monday I am cruising on I-235 at 70mph in morning bumper to bumper traffic when I blow the heater hose behind the dash. Steam filled the cab so quickly I could not see for a good 20 seconds. Steam on everything. My first thought was, "I've never seen that before." The second one was if my wife would bury me in the BWB as I requested or out of spite have me cremated on the top of the Rover.

    In any event I rolled the window down and Ace Ventura style manage to get her to the side of the highway. The next movie parallel was as I am sitting there on the side of the highway with steam rolling out it must have looked like the van in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when the stoners roll out for school.

    Finally all the coolant is out of the system and I rolled her on down the road to the 36th street exit. Where again I call the Evil German Dude to come and get me. We go to O'Reilly's and get some coolant and 5 foot of hose. The hose is to bypass the the heater system inside the Rover. I pulled the hoses on the return and feed sides of the heater system and wrapped the hose around and closed the system.

    With all these hoses popping leaks and such only one thing can do that. That's right, the head gasket. Your intrepid adventurer has been waiting for this moment for a few years. The gasket has been a perrenial problem and it is finally done.

    JagGuy and I found a line on another motor off of a burned Classic LWB in Moore, Oklahoma. He picked it up last week and stripped it down. We cleaned it up and although the top looked pretty nasty the bottom end looks really good. No wear in the cylinders. We took the heads off and are having them "worked". Reassembly is next Saturday. I will let you know more with pictures and everything.

    The steam under the dash I hope has not screwed anything up. The radio is misbehaving and the carpets are soaked with coolant. So for sure I will be pulling them again.

    The hose behind the dash will need to be replaced as well. I'm not looking forward to this project. But I will write it up with lots of pictures.


    Fixed stuff on the site

    March 3rd, 2005

    Fixed some broken links and some missing images on the site. It's pretty annoying when you click on something and you don't get anything. Still missing an image for the fuel rail sensor. I'll get it soon.


    Recovery points iz good Electrons not going where they're supposed to

    February 18th, 2005

    Recovery hooks on, trailer wiring problems, relays buzzing, water found, relocated power steering reservior, prep for second battery
    I have the recovery hooks on. I have a page for them on the Tech Tips page. The bolts I first bought were very ambitious. I got carried away with the bolt diameter. I pulled the air dam off again.

    I wired the trailer lights with the matching wire colors. I have some issues to resolve with that. I will have to experiment with the harness to find out if it is even working properly. Otherwise I will by pass it and try to wire to the 7 pin plug.

    The relays buzzing under the dash on the passenger side are annoying me. I pulled the relay for the air condition fans. There has to be a wiring problem with them. I bet I will need to rewire the whole thing. There is another relay under there that is buzzing. I have not isolated which one.

    The water that soaks the carpet on the passenger side is coming down the wall in the foot well. As I suspected a leak in the windshield seal. More about this later.

    I purchased a Disco power steering bracket to move the reservoir for the second battery. I had to move all the things on the fender to make room for the second battery. Check it out on the Tech Tips page.


    Round and round and round they go, and better with Revo Fix them leaky hoses Oops, error

    January 31st, 2005

    New tires on
    The Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo II's are on the Rover. And I have noticed a rougher ride than I expected. 8 ply tires are much stiffer than the Yokohamas I had before. I notice this most when the CD player skips on the concrete seems of the highways. To have that quality of tire, I am learning to live with it.

    One of the heater supply hoses failed. So as you do you replace them all. Well all included just two this time. Check out the replacement on the Heater Supply Hose Page.

    After I finished the repair I got a Check Engine Light. The corresponding code was a 14. More on that at on the Error Code 14.

    BWB's air conditioning cooling fans have always run. I never really thought about it until this latest episode. Upon reflection I realized that I am probably wasting a bit of fuel economy running them when they are not necessary, like when the air temp is below 20 degrees and I'm going 70mph on the highway. I found the problem with the help of the guys at Atlantic British. I sent them a picture of the sensors I tested and new had failed and they told me which sensor had failed that caused the Error 14 I was having. Their tech helped me make sense of the many temperature sensors. I had asked for help on several boards with no responses. Either everyone already knew this info and didn't feel like sharing or no one really understands it. Now I have a good idea of the sensors what happens when they fail. My meager understanding of these is found on Temp Sensors Page.


    Round and round they go, and better with Revo Lense covers re-installed

    January 10th, 2005

    New tires on, Throttle Position Sensor Image Uploaded, Lense covers re-installed
    The Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo II's are on the Rover. They look good and ride high. The wet roads have been no challenge so far and snow is expected for later this week so I'm all prepared.

    I had a request for an image of the Throttle Position Sensor. So I uploaded an image so I have a quick reference image ready when asked again. Check it out here, TPS location.

    Lense covers are now re-installed. As you may (or may not) recall the Norman Sanitation truck knocked one of them off a couple of Thanksgivings ago. Since then I have been redesigning how they go back on the BWB or carrying them around. You can read about that at the Lense Guards Page.

    I'm still working on the sun roof cover. I will investigate the problem with the AM radio stations while I have the headliner out. I might even replace my speakers in the rear to match the front speakers.


    Round and round they go, and better with Revo

    January 4th, 2005

    New tires ordered
    I ordered the new tires. My Yokohama Geolanders are now 3+ years old and need to be replaced. After extensive research I did indeed order the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo II's. I couldn't put a lift kit on just now so I ordered 225 75R16s in load range D. I am hoping they will be great. All the press on them tells me they will be great, but when your spending $750 (US) for tires you want to be right. I'll post some pics when they come in and are on the BWB.


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