Following on from the last blog entry ;-
Late in the afternoon Thursday we got a message, Poki’s ready to collect.
It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions trying to source information and new parts for her. John, the Gumtree owner, suggested we should take a spare potentiometer (electronic accelerator pedal & sensor) with us. I immediately looked up issues that a faulty unit could cause. Over-fuelling, erratic running, excessive fuel use etc. With what we have experienced, the thought of fitting a new one seemed obligatory. Trouble is, there are none to be found. New or second hand.
Meanwhile the faulty ECU (computer) was sent away for repair or replacement and a warning that this could take two weeks. They also fitted a new starter motor. I guess it was wise as it has been thrashed due to excessive use trying to start her.
So after only a week in the workshop, it was with trepidation I commenced the drive home. Without justification, as she is now an amazing vehicle again. Gone the black smoke, gone the hesitation on start-up. Started on the button and smooth and enjoyable to drive again. Whew! Just as well we don’t need a new accelerator pedal.
Thank you Gumtree
For turning her around so quickly. I don’t think we appreciate how much collective activity and effort goes into achieving customers needs.
I have just calculated after refilling the tank that on our trip West, we achieved 17.21mpg. All across Asia and North America we are doing 29mpg average. The refill, including four Jerry cans, came to £240 that’s nearly NZ$500!!!
So, with a full load of fuel, water and the majority of our possessions stored onboard, we drove around to the local waste management weighbridge to be weighed. Fearing we were over the gross weight limit, with all the new stuff fitted. It was a pleasant surprise to see her register only 2800kg on the scales. Two hundred & fifty kg below maximum.
Jen has now booked the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe for 10am Tuesday 20th. We’ll stay in B&B the first night then catch up with Mike & Wendy on Wednesday. Adam is meeting us there, briefly. After that we’ll stop somewhere for Christmas Eve and Day, before crossing into Spain.
In case we don’t get the opportunity, or there’s not enough to write about :-
Merry Christmas to all.