Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by Irving Zisman » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:08 am

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Well, I checked all my floor mats this morning, they were all bone dry on top, but all of them except the driver's was a bit damp underneath. I pulled them out before leaving for work, and then left my windows down an inch or two when i parked at work. I think after the water crossing i had only checked the driver's mat, which just happened to be the only dry one.

The thing that's got me a little concerened though is the starter, or something electrical. Past two mornings when I went to start it, turning the key to the start position did not engage the starter. Then turning it off and trying again it worked, both times. Yesterday afternoon leaving work if fired up first try. Makes me a little nervous the starter is going to buy the farm.
This has happened to me before when I sank my FJ in Arizona. Unfortunately, the starter is a bitch to get to and take out. If you have a swiveling head ratchet with a long handle, the job can be done in about 30 minutes. You should not have to replace the starter though. Chances are that the solenoid got dirty when submerged. Take the starter out, open just the solenoid and hose it down with contact cleaner. Check the copper contacts while you are there and if they are worn down, you can get replacements on Amazon for cheap. After that, your starter should be good for a while. Or you can just buy a new one and swap it. I think they run around $120 on Rock Auto.
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by mk-Zero » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:20 am

Yeah, i think the solenoid is probably jist full of muck
Once the starter engages it turns over like normal. Hopefully it will keep working till the weekend and then I can have a look at it.
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by JTFJ » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:33 am

This is one of the jeeps we kept passing on the trail, I think they were from NH.

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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by JTFJ » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:46 pm

I have been getting the starting problem also. I didn't drive the fj much last week after the Mojave trail, was trying to let it dry out. I started cleaning it up and the starter sounded funny, happened several times now where it clicks and I have to turn the key a few times then starts, or it starts unusual. Also have the screeching belt, hope it will last this week, went to vegas for the week to explore the desert while it's cool enough to see it. Probably get a thousand miles this week on it if it holds out. Also have a badsmell in it now, kindalike old gym socks.

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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by mk-Zero » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:57 pm

My starter issue *seems* to have resolved, maybe it just had water in it. I'm also not noticing any smell on the inside. Fingers crossed!
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by mk-Zero » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:21 pm

Well, it's official, the Porsche dead. Bryan told me the insurance company declared it a total loss yesterday. He's waiting for them to let him know what the payout will be, and he's weighing his options on what to get next.
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by Irving Zisman » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:42 pm

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Well, it's official, the Porsche dead. Bryan told me the insurance company declared it a total loss yesterday. He's waiting for them to let him know what the payout will be, and he's weighing his options on what to get next.
Aww, that sucks. Did they say what happened to the engine? Hydrolock and bent the valves?
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by mk-Zero » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:07 pm

Bryan just got a 2011 Cayenne Turbo with only 19k miles on it! The thing is spotless and still smells like a new car! 8-)
Its also got the options he wanted: front and rear lockers and underbody protection. In 2011 they released a new version of the Cayenne, so it's got a bigger 4.8L motor with more power and torque and weighs 400 lbs less than his old one.
Now we just need to get Bryan out on the trails with it. No more deep water crossings for him though! :lol:
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by Irving Zisman » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:24 pm

mk-Zero wrote:
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Bryan just got a 2011 Cayenne Turbo with only 19k miles on it! The thing is spotless and still smells like a new car! 8-)
Its also got the options he wanted: front and rear lockers and underbody protection. In 2011 they released a new version of the Cayenne, so it's got a bigger 4.8L motor with more power and torque and weighs 400 lbs less than his old one.
Now we just need to get Bryan out on the trails with it. No more deep water crossings for him though! :lol:
Thats awesome! So happy for him. I was kinda hoping you coulda talked him into a 4runner or FJ though :(
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Re: Mojave Road, April 5th 2019

Post by mk-Zero » Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:10 pm

Ooooh I tried, believe me! :D
I think he likes having 500+ hp too much though! :lol:
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