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Some of my own medicine - Richard - 12-01-2018

Hmmmmm.  When you hear hoofbeats think horses. Or did the last thing you touched have any link to the problem you are having ? Or how about Occam’s razor, what is the simplest answer?

This is entertainment at my expense, and also intended to dissuade any notions that I am a a Newell shaman.

Most of you are familiar with my extreme OCD when it comes to the handling of the coach. Some are familiar with the extremes I have gone to in order to fine tune the steering.

On our way back from the outwest trip I started to feel a very disconcerting sensation in the steering wheel. I first felt it in a fast sweeper of a curve, then as I was attuned to it, I could feel it in the straightways. It was subtle, but it felt like the steering was sticking and releasing. In a gentle flat road input, I could feel the stiction.  

My first thing was to grease the front end. Really no fun in a pee flavored rest stop parking lot.
That didnt help.  But we uad to hurry home and I pressed on with my little squirrel brain in overdrive imagining what were the potential causes. Let’s see. Hydraulic pump starting to fail or worn out bushings in the upper and lower swing arms or loose wheel bearings or perhaps something amiss in life the rebuilt steering gear box. But the fall has been challenging and i didnt have a chance to work on it.

Today we are driving to SAVANNAH to see the older son. As I drive I am planning the methodical approach to finding the problem. Put the front on jack stands and unload the front wheels then check for the binding. Then slowly load the wheels while checking for the binding. Make a hydraulic fitting gizmo with a pressure gauge to check the hyd pump and so on and so forth. I was even thinking of how to handle the weight of the front end components if I had to disassemble it. You can do a lot of thinking while driving with a sensation that manifests every five seconds.

Then I remembered that I had lowered the telescoping part of the wheel sometime during the latter part of our summer trip. Nah it could not be that.  No way. I raised the wheel. Fixed!!!!!!  Seems my steering wheel at the bottom of the telescope has a “notch” in the movement. I really am not going to miss a couple of weeks under the coach.

Y’all have a good day now.




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RE: Some of my own medicine - Fulltiming - 12-01-2018

Good catch Richard. It is frequently the last thing we did that causes new issues. Thanks for that reminder.