Thursday, June 28, 2012
Big Fat Skeeter Bite
That little thing will keep a diesel motor from running. That is the fuel/air bleeder screw next to the pumper button on top of the fuel filter. It's PLASTIC. My son had the big truck today and as I was coming home from the Thunder 5 Ranch, I met my son in town. We pulled up, shut the trucks off and talked a bit. He went to head home and the dually wouldn't start. Okay, it's vapor locked, it's done that before when it's this hot. Popped the hood and started pumping. Fuel bubbled out at that screw. So, hit it with a wrench and it comes off in the socket. Of course, the parts place doesn't have anything even close that will work and the dealership is already closed. So, what do I do? having a somewhat mechanical mind, I head for the farm store. of course I won't find a plastic bolt but I can think outside the box. I got a bolt that matched the coarse thread. It was of course, way too long. So, I got a nut and screwed it on the bolt, a couple rubber o rings and a roll of thread tape. Son of a gun if it didn't work perfect! Truck is not leaking fuel, pumped right up and drove home perfect. About time something went my way! Also, LOL, I'll bet the $1.89 I spent at the farm store is waaaaaaay cheaper than the replacement plastic bolt from the dealership! So, this little bump in the road was just like a big fat skeeter bite. itches like mad and is totally annoying but it's an easy fix!