And my friends, My little Bus LIVES again!!..
as some of you all know, I embarked on my journey from St pete to Columbus ohio.. and got about 450 miles in when i lost Air Pressure in the Air-brake system...
having been totally unprepared to personally try to work on, diagnose, and fix any issue like this.... the only prep work I did was to save some links in my tablet for mobile repair services, should I have a break-down.. well that happened on weds..
in the mid morning driving, I got an alarm that my compressor was no longer outputting air..
on my bus the air Alarm sensor and the air gauges are sensed in different spots.. the air alarm is right after the air dryer.. at the "wet" tank.. at this point my pressure over a few minutes dropped from the normal 120--110 and about to 100 and then the alarm went off and the air pumped back up to 120 and I got the "swoosssh!" from the air dryer...
wierd fluke?? maybe... or.. maybe not!... so I kept running... and about 3 hours later.. I got the alarm again... and the pressure continued to slowly drop... once I saw 90 I headed for the next exit... got the bus pulled off safely completely out of the way at a gas station... before I reached 60 PSI... at 60PSI your brakes wiill begin to stop you whether you want or not... I think I was at 70 or 75 so i cut it close!..
having no knowledge of air brakes.. I enlisted the help of truckdown.com and got a mobile repair service out... their tech changed the governor... no change... we took the air output line off the compressor and guess what... NO AIR.. so he deemed the compressor as SHOT!..
he called his office with some numbers and then proceeded to remove the old compressor from the bus.. even before getting confirmation from his office that they could find one..
well they couldnt find one anywhere... finally one was supposedly located and ordered.. (I had already book a room at the hotel as soon as I broke down..)..
oh but wait now they call me back and tell me they cant locate the part... or they did but its a week out... they ordered it anyway.. really?
so im out there googling... my bus dealer is helping out with cross referencing me part numbers we can use.. but bam. past shipping hours..
thursday comes along and ive found several part numbers and locations where htey could be ordered from.... I hand all that to said service company... later in the day they call and say "yep we got parts coming"..
friday AM, i get a call at 830 or so and think "yes lets go".. OOPs.. sorry the part never got shipped... the part number didnt reference so they didnt ship it..
so I call Bendix directly (they make about all the parts on my bus air system).. talk to a GREAT guy there who confirmed what i did that the correct part was in fact ordered and would work perfect.. oh and then explained how he knew exactly what was wrong with my old air compressor and that it could be made to work rather easily until i could get home and rebuild the head on my air compressor.. Grrr!! because the service tech had removed my old unit and taken it with him.....
since it was friday now everything had to be ordered saturday delivery.. and alas today a new COmpressor arrived.. .the exact part number I SPEC'd out.. the tech put it on and bam! i have beautiful air pressure once again!...
through all this the wonder of my career really shines... that being I can work anywhere I have internet access.. so I unbuttoned my suitcase and set up my Mobile DEV lab in this very nice comfort suites hotel... which even has a bar that kept me calm with a crown royal or 2 throughout this adventure...
and hail to the Shoneys next door with a fantastic breakfast Buffet (including crispy bacon!)..
in effect only thing I was missingthat I really wanted was ESPRESSO!.. I'll be getting one someplace very soon!..
oh yes I believe I need a DRINK... and the lady behind the bar obliged
my Mobile DEV lab setup in the hotel
yep work as usual for me and my TWO mobile hotspots..
Ok lets get this bad boy fixed up!!!
and yes.. we have AIR!!! never thought id be so glad just to have Air in a rusty old tank under the bus as I am today!
this has been an adventure.. and yes my friends the BIG GRIN on my face is back as I put that little bus in D and headed off for a test ride... I just LOVE driving a bus!!