2016 FLTRUSE

So I had a lapse in judgement today! I was very close to pulling the trigger on this sweet gem! A 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra CVO painted “Charcoal Dust and Carbon Slate”! This is a beautiful machine and while I would have no regrets in purchasing said item, I just couldn’t bear the $43,000.00 price tag.

Needless to say, I did pass on it but came up with a better, more cost conscious idea. How about spend just under 2,000.00 on a stage IV upgrade kit, new throttle body and intake for my 103 ci FLSTFB that I so dearly love and get the same perks engine wise as the CVO guys. Yes, I understand there is a huge difference between the 2 bikes and they really cannot be compared. I guess there’s always the Lotto! LOL!

My Snap On EPIQ toolbox.

Having owned a Snap On Classic 76 series box for several years preceding, I finally made the jump to their EPIQ series boxes and am not displeased in the least. I chose “Matt Black finish with red trim” as pictured right.

Due to space limitation, I was halted to the 60″ wide chest, work center and overhead.. Currently, our repair facility, Tierra Del Sol Automotive, is expanding two (2) additional service bays, and I will soon be able to expand my tool storage as well.

In the coming months, I anticipate adding two (2) left side lockers, one of which will contain Snap On’s Powerbank sliding drawer system, to contain all my battery and electrically operated devices & tools. I also plan on adding a second overhead above the two (2) lockers as well.

The funny things people do to their vehicles!

So I had this customer come in with a complaint that his Ford Ranger will not go faster than 3500 RPM’s. As a first step, I always confirm the customer complaint. I found I could very easily and safely accelerate the truck into the 5100 plus RPM range (using Scan Tool Data) and the truck appeared to accelerate normally. I asked the Service Writer to contact the customer because the truck appeared AOK! The customer confirmed the problem but stated it was mostly felt with light engine load around 3300 RPM’s and was more of a hesitation. So I research this concern using a web-based program that links all technicians around the world and found the potential problem, if existent, could be a faulty camshaft synchronizer. So I bring along my Snap On Verus Pro Scan Tool and decided to monitor a couple PIDS (Parameter ID’s) during the test drive, in particular, the RPM & KS1 (Knock Sensor 1) PID’s. If a problem occurs, I should experience a synonomous erratic wave form from both sensors during the event.

Surprisingly, the test drive confirmed a problem. At approximately 3300 RPM’s, as suspected, I found a hesitation with both PIDS signaling high detonation pinging of the engine and subsequent RPM drop and fluctuation. Now I had the proof I needed to confirm a faulty Cam Synchronizer. I presented my findings to the Service Writer, an estimate for repairs was drawn up & presented to the customer, and authorization given to make the repair. This is a pretty common problem on Ford 3.0 liter V6 engines. So I make the repair, retest and confirm the problem no longer exists, and turn in my paperwork to the Service Writer.

The next day the customer returns and witnessing his body language through the window between the office and the shop, I can see this customer is unhappy about something. I am later informed that this customer is disatisfied with the repair and claims “we didn’t fix the problem”. So our shop owner asks the customer if he might show him on a test drive what he is experiencing. The customer says he doesn’t need to show him on a test drive, but rather he can show him in the parking lot. The customer gets into his truck, which is equipped with an automatic transmission, and sitting still in “PARK”, races the engine until the “rev limiter” engages at approximately 3400 RPM’s. He clearly states that this is his problem. Unbeknownst to the customer, this is a PCM programmed strategy built into the computer to prevent catastrophic failure of the engine. Needless to say, the customer next complained that this was the very reason for bringing the truck in for repairs. The owner explained “the rev limiter” strategy and that it was designed to prevent someone from doing exactly what he was doing.

To this day I cannot understand why someone would want to “race the engine” of their vehicle without a load being applied. This is a mechanical piece of equipment and will come apart if not properly taken care of. Had the rev limiter not engaged, he might very well have run this vehicle above the maximum allowable RPM range (no Tachometer) of this engine and very well sent it to it’s resting place.

The customer never explained his reasoning for doing this. Also, a repair was made to this vehicle in a round-a-bout fashion, but none the less necessary. The funny things people do to their vehicles.

Site Update

Being an avid auto repair technician, I will begin adding new content to this site, in particular, stories of auto repair and some of the many odd problems and occurrences associated with this profession. There are many funny, off the wall occurrences that take place that are worthy of sharing with others, so I thought I’d add some of those occurrences to this blog site. I encourage you to share any of your stories here and I am available to help with your automotive questions and concerns should they arise. Thank you for visiting my site.

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