I'll be out that way . . . wielding my GumOut.the miz wrote:Wow, that's quite the story! I think I know approximately where you were...pretty remote and the conditions can be a bit harsh depending on the time of year. Isn't it nice to find a decent and helpful mechanic when you really need one? I always think I'd rather do indepth trouble shooting in the wilderness instead of on a busy interstate shoulder...if food, water and time were no issue. Unfortunately, breaking down in the middle of nowhere with no idea what is wrong is not as attractive to the rest of my family who watch too many movies and subscribe to urban legends, etc.... . Maybe that's not too far off, there are a few towns in that part of the world that give off a bit of a "village of the damned" type vibe.MountainPrana wrote:
Thanks so much miz!
My wife and I's friend Missy took this photo in the Southern Utah desert during a canyoneering trip. We had met out there to poke around some canyons off of Hole In The Rock Road. After an uneventful canyoneering weekend we started to head back up the 35 or so miles of heavily washboarded dirt road when Odyssa started to buck and protest like a wild horse that didn't want to go back to the barn. I found a huge crack in the hose from the crank case breather to the AFM elbow and repaired it but still no go. We ended up having to tow her behind Missy's Astro van El Unicornio Blanco back into the town of Escalante where the local mechanic cleaned up the oxygen sensor in the AFM and we were on our way. Although very grateful, I was also disappointed in myself for not being able to troubleshoot and fix the problem on my own. What if Missy hadn't of been there to tow us back? I had gone through the FI troubleshooting section of the Bentley Manual but hadn't even thought the logic through of "a ton of dust sucked into the system = dirty sensing components" Indeed I didn't even know the AFM system well enough to understand what was going on. Rebuilding the wiring harness over the winter helped me with understanding that process which recently had great depth and breadth added to it by reading the AFM adjustment topic on here. All this is to say that no matter how much we see out of our own windows, there is always opportunity to reframe our experience and learn more if we are open to it.
Certainly, having time to diagnose in the safety and comfort of one's garage...where there are no knife wielding maniacs and where Colin is only a PM away...is the best case.