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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 23, 2013 - 08:26 AM

Last night, I took an hour ride to go get some 3" channel, so I can make a new frame for the PK dump tractor project. I got there pretty easily, and gave the guy the $40 he wanted, he had four 8 foot sections and a 4 footer. I threw it in the back of my truck, and off I went! I went a mile down the road and when I turned onto the on ramp to get on the thruway (I-87) I down shifted, then when I went to put my foot back on the gas a few seconds later... nothing! I new something was wrong, so I put it in neutral and coasted. The next thing I noticed was that I had no power steering! So, I tried to start it again and nothing! So, I coasted down the on ramp and had just enough speed to get past the guard rail so I could pull over. Now, I was sitting on the side of the thruway with no power.

 

The first person I called was Bossman Harry, he told me to move the battery cables around. I did that, and nothing changed. He then told me it was likely that the alternator went out. Then, I called my Mom and she came with a brand new battery; with a new battery it would have had enough juice to last until I got home. I put the battery in... still nothing! At this point, I had been there for 2 1/2 hours and a state trooper finally showed up; he called a tow truck. I did not take long for the driver to show up, and he took it away to the tow yard.

 

The driver said he was a GM master tech for the electrical systems, and he said it is likely the ignition switch. I thought about it, and that makes a lot of sense. The reason is because the horn, and lights still work fine, both of those things work when the ignition is off. Everything else, has no power... just like when the key is off.

 

My Uncle Kevin was coming over today to help work on the '90 F250, but now we are going to work on my truck instead.

 

So, $40 for the steel, about $80-90 for the tow, and what ever parts I need. All in all, this steel was not worth it!


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 08:44 AM

I've had the ignition switch go out before but never while driving. Hope it doesn't cost a lot to get it fixed. Good luck. Roger.


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 08:49 AM

it wasn't an impound situation so why to the tow yard? or was that a repair shop you're lookin to have look at it?

other than the mechanical issues, you got more steel for your $40 than I did last weekend. I got a piece of 2X3 tube about 10' long, 8' of 2" channel, and a ~3' long piece of 2-1/2 square tube...


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Well, look at it this way....you could have been closer to home, but possibly happened at a worse time, possibly causing an accident.  The tow bill is MUCH cheaper than a hospital bill if the time & place of incident had caused an accident.  The steel didn't cause it to happen, so it can't be blamed. The steel is the same bargain as if nothing bad had happened.  :thumbs:


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:06 AM

Sorry about your luck Ryan

I keep a "jumper wire" under the hood of all my vehicles.   With an alligator clip on both ends to use as a "hot wire" in just such a case.  Its clips allow it to be held virtually anywhere out of the way and it has saved me a few times. 

Also, adding tow insurance to your vehicle policy is well worth it.  State Farm charges $6/year so if you need a tow more often than once every 12 years you are money ahead.  That is based on a $75 tow - which is the cheapest there is around here. 


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:19 AM

Things happen Ryan and you never know when things will head south. Having a small tool kit and jumpers or one of those emergency batteries will serve you well.  I know this is a bit late but did you check fuses?  If the alternator died it might have taken the main fuse with it.  Let us know what you all find.

 

Gtractor is right adding tow insurance to your insurance policy is well worth it especially if you have an older vehicle.


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:36 AM

Ryan I would seriously consider AAA. They will tow your vehicle right to your doorstep no questions asked within a 200 mile radius.. For the $100 a year membership it is a worth while investment.  A lot of otrher perks with being a AAA member.


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:45 AM

I did have some very basic tools in my truck, but there really was nothing I could have done with them.

 

Yes, I did check the fuses.

 

Sorry, he towed it to the shop, not the tow yard. Not only would it have cost triple the amount to have it brought to my house, but he had other calls and did not have time to bring it all the way there.


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:47 AM

Sorry to hear of your misfortune.  It would have happened if you went for steel or a loaf of bread at the local store it seems.  I hope it is an easy repair.



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:54 AM

Well, look at it this way....you could have been closer to home, but possibly happened at a worse time, possibly causing an accident.  The tow bill is MUCH cheaper than a hospital bill if the time & place of incident had caused an accident.  The steel didn't cause it to happen, so it can't be blamed. The steel is the same bargain as if nothing bad had happened.  :thumbs:

I'm thinking this is a better time then going to pick up a girlfriend and not being able to get ahold of her. 

 

Taking mom to the grocery store for the last few things for the big family get together and the whole family is waiting on you two.

 

anyhow.. i hope ya get it figured out and its a free or cheap fix..


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Posted June 23, 2013 - 10:06 AM

Wow Ryan, that's a stinker.
Sorry to hear of your issues, hope it's a quick fix.

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Posted June 23, 2013 - 10:08 AM

AAA is a good deal, no matter what your age.  I get a 100 mile tow free of charge, among the other many benefits.  



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 10:15 AM

ive had AAA in the past and it was well worth it. once thing even back out around here thought about getting it again



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 10:23 AM

ive had AAA in the past and it was well worth it. once thing even back out around here thought about getting it again

 

I've had it for 15 or 20 years, and worth every penny!



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 10:35 AM

It just occurred to me... I am going to jersey to pick "something" up on Wednesday, I would have had to go right past the guy with the steel anyway! That is ill planning on my part!




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