Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Repair

Day 35


Tránsito in the Shop

7:30am:
Whatever is causing Señor Tránsito to squeak has got him in the shop at Kearny Pearson Ford in San Diego. That squeak was first heard a couple weeks ago. And lately, the squeak has been getting louder.
Scampy is Camped in a nice place, and we will stay with Scampy while Tránsito is in the shop. As soon as we find out what the problem is, we will Blog to you so that you will know too!

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8:24am:
Waiting in Scampy
When MsTioga went into the shop, we had to go into the Waiting Room. But now, we are able to wait in Scampy. And it is sooooo comfortable in Scampy!

Scampy has her own electric power which comes from the little 35 amp-hour battery on her tongue. It's really easy to switch over from the big battery located inside Tránsito. Because all the power circuits are connected with electric plugs and connectors.

Plug and connector for 35 amp-hour battery





9:12am:
The squeak is gone!
Tony, my service adviser and a mechanic took Tránsito for a road test. They were not able to hear the squeak!

Could it be that the squeak only comes when towing Scampy?





11:06am:
Holmberg Automotive
After leaving Kearny Pearson Ford, we drove over to a nearby 24 Hour Fitness. At the far end of the parking lot is Holberg Automotive. On a whim, I drive over there.

The guy at the service desk told me:
"Let me get my suspension expert to look at it."

The suspension expert listened to the squeak . He crawled around. He announced:
"It's not the Ford. It's the trailer! You could spend $1000s to try and find it. And just waste your money!"

Looked around myself
With the new information from the Holmberg guy, I drove into the 24 Hour lot and began checking the squeak myself. I was able to crawl underneath both Tránsito and Scampy and move them enough to make the squeak squeak!

It seemed that the squeak came from the hitch! Removing the hitch with the ball, I put some WD-40 all over it. And put the hitch and ball back. The squeak was still there.

I raised Scampy off of Tránsito's hitch ball. The squeak disappeared!! I put brake grease all over the hitch ball, and hitched Scampy up. Then listened for the squeak again.

NOTHING BUT THE SOUND IF SILENCE!
Man-O-Man!
Double Wow with sugar on it! 😎



1:24pm:
Westfield Mall
We went to the Westfield Mall for lunch. We were thinking about Panda Express. Instead, the burgers at Shake Shack attracted our attention!

When my friend John and I go out for lunch, we nearly always to a burger joint. And, since I am an old time burger joint owner from the 1980s, I comment on the burgers [Since I am a burger expert and all].

This Shake Shack burger joint, makes really good burgers. Steak burgers, actually!

Shake Shack - Westfield Mall



3:17pm:
Lost!
I got a bit lost in this mall. I knew that Scampy was parked near the Mall Leasing Office. But iPhone failed me when I asked for walking directions.

People who gave me directions failed too.

Finally, I recalled that Scampy was just behind Macy's. It took nearly two hours to become un-Lost!


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14 comments:

  1. As Gilda Radner said on Saturday Night Live, "It's always something"... Right George?
    Larry

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    1. That what I say too, Igrif!

      Happy New Year!
      George

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  2. Hmmm once you found out where the squeak was coming from, shoulda left the squeak. That way you know you're okay at the hitch when rolling down the road. The sound of silence would mean trouble then. But glad you found the source of squeak...squeaks can be annoying.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I like your take on this thing!

      George

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  3. Squeaks can be difficult to locate. At least you have that solved. What will be the next puzzle?

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    1. Hi Mariyn,

      I love puzzles! Don't you?

      George

      PS: How's 2018 going?

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  4. There are differing opinions on greasing the ball hitch. It can be a source of messy grease when you walk by it with the trailer off but that can be fixed by tying a plastic bag over the ball when it is not in use.

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Messy grease may be cleaned!

      From now on, I will be checking the hitch assembly with more care!

      George

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  5. Always an issue with the ball. I try to grease it up on every trip and when I don´t I receive a squeaky reminder :) Glad you found it.

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  6. ITS A SQUEAK TWEAK! Brilliant, George.

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    1. I love your comment!

      SQUEAK TWEAK!

      George



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  7. I don't grease my ball since I don't like cleaning grease. Besides, grease collects dust and that eventually wears down the ball & socket. Instead, I spray on a dry lube just before connecting. It lasts long enough for a day's driving and since it doesn't last there is less dust collected. The hitch latch gets sprayed, too, for smoother operation. Maybe not as much actual lubing as grease but less hassle putting it on and cleaning up after banging your shin.

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  8. Started applying grease to my ball 5 years ago and got rid of the squeak. Like others, I cover it when my trailer is off the ball to avoid transferring grease to my clothing as I walk by it....it's almost as if it jumps at my clothing! Glad to hear your squeak was a simple fix....way to go George!

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  9. My husband, Beach, uses bearing grease on the hitch ball and cleans off old grease periodically and re-applies. If it works for wheel bearings, it will work for that. When we unhitch, he puts a soft beer koozy (not sure of spelling) over the hitch ball.

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