Well, fast forward 8 days and 740 miles, and our leak is back! We shut down, raise the rear of the coach, I crawl under and sure enough it is quite wet and leaking from what looks like a PTO on the side of the transmission. Don't ask me what it does, I do know PTO stands for Power Take Off, but what it specifically does in this application escapes me, but it sure isn't supposed to leak. And since Murphy is involved it is also Saturday morning and we have 400+ miles planned. AHHHHH, life on the road, but we are pretty much fancy free right now.
I look closer after I clean it up and it appears that a bolt is missing, and it is leaking from a gasket which is between a pump?? and the PTO. Made us wonder about our mechanic a few days previously. Okay, I call a truck service place that is open on the weekend, but they are too busy to take us, I call another place and talk to the mobile tech and he says it would be a lot better and cheaper to try to replace the bolt myself as they have a 2 hr minimum on the weekend. Cool, I can do that. So the "diesel mechanic", Jan crawls under, and we determine the bolt size to be somewhere between a 3/8" and a 1/2" and maybe an inch long. Look through my "stuff", no luck and off I go to Lowes and buy everything in all those sizes. Come back, crawl under, and find out the bolt only goes in a little bit?!?, NO YOU CAN'T SEE IN THE HOLE. So we wiggle the phone up there and take a bunch of pictures, and it appears that the bolt BROKE off. No good!
So I manage to get an appointment on Monday at a shop, but this will now impact our trip, so I call the mobile tech back and we discuss what I think it is. He says he can come to me, but it might be better if I could meet him at the shop, which he will open up in 15 minutes or so! Man o Man are we living right, huh? So off we go and true to his word he is there waiting for us, opens a door and we back in. He crawls under and thinks I am right until he probes around a bit more and finds there never was a bolt in there at all. And it is not leaking at the moment, of course right? So we fire it up, shift gears a bit, turn the wheel a bit and get it to leak. Good in this case, hard to fix something that doesn't appear broken:-)
Bottom line. He found out the gasket was bad, they called in the parts man, and they had the gasket, all fixed under the 2 hour minimum, and off we went. A very good result from a messed up day. Turned out the PTO must be fairly generic and probably numerous engines and transmissions use the same one, so there are bolt holes that are used or not used determined by the application. So now we are leak free and making our way across Nevada eastbound and down.
Oh and we went back to another section of the redwood forest before we left California and will leave you with 3 more pictures.
|Another perspective on how big these trees are|
|Pretty huge root area on this fallen giant|
|Towering way, way above us!|