I knew it was going to happen sooner or later.
I haven’t done too much lately, just been driving her around here and there. But over the past year, I’ve noticed a few times that when I turn the key, she wouldn’t start. Had power to everywhere – radio and lights work. Just no start. Turn the key off and the starter would kick in.
But not this time. I had just backed her out of the garage until the rest of the family came out to jump in and she would turn over, Tried it again – no luck. Tried for another 10 minutes and nothing. I haven;t had time with Hurricane Irene bearing down on the SouthEast coast, and cutting grass and normal family responsibilities to check on the situation. But my first thoughts were that the ignition switch was going out. I had replaced it a few months after I purchased the bus and pulled the steering column, painted everything, fixed the horn, etc. It was a real pain changing out the switch and had heard a few rumors where other bus owners had to replace the new cheap made switches.
I really didn’t want to hafta go through that again.
Fast forward to yesterday, and my son and I were headed to the beach for some beach combing after the hurricane (in my other vehicle). And it dawned on me, he had asked me about a specific sound whenever I had tried to start it that day. I told him that it was the fuel pump.
HEY wait a minute, if we heard the fuel pump(which we did), that means that it is not the ignition switch, so it must be the starter solenoid or the starter.
So, a sigh of relief comes over me. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.