Serving The Six Pack?

SHE CAME into the shop with a child attached to each hand. A familiar sight in our local community, Six Pack Ballantine had been in before. Nicknamed "Six Pack" because she showed up for church services accompanied by six children, an elder who shall go un-named remembered a beer brand with the same name. She had driven to the repair shop in her old custom van.  She wasn't in for the overdue service needed to the 104,000 mile veteran. She complained to the service writer that as she took youngsters, some adopted and some not, to rounds of school, pre-school, church and activities, she'd noted that the van was sluggish. She also said it sounded like it "sneezed".

 When quizzed further about the sneeze, she simply said that with six youthful contenders to a tissue box, she ought to know what a sneeze sounds like. She left the van for needed repairs.


Too Quick Tester?

 First, a short road test found nothing amiss, but an extended idling and road test did duplicate the deed. The harder you pushed the engine power, the less performance you had. Eventually, the engine would sneeze back into the intake air cleaner. The trouble light flashed on, and a too quick tester check of the trouble codes revealed a misfire on two cylinders.

 Our records showed that the last visit was for an oil and filter change. Checking further back, we found the last tune with spark plugs occurred at 60K. So a call was made to Six Pack to get work approval. Once an estimate was given, we started a major tune, which included plugs, new wires, and air filter. You see, we had guessed that the misfire and sneeze was due to old, tired wires and bad spark plugs. When ordering parts, were told by the supplier that the fuel filter was in the tank, and was not a regular replacement item.

 Later, with the tune-up done and the engine cover still off, we did a road test... and the trouble was still there. We rechecked  computer codes, and all of our reaction in words shouldn't be printed here. Other cylinders showed up as misfiring.



 Doin the Whole Deed!

Back in the shop, a technician brain pick was done, and we checked with other shops in the iATN network. The latter source steered us to get out a gauge and check fuel pressure.

 The fuel pressure started as reading normal, but when running up a  hill, the pressure dropped off significantly. Then the engine sneezed. Did you ever notice, that tests not stomped on and omitted seem to raise up and bite?

 We then called the parts supplier for a fuel filter. The good news.., they could get one. The bad news, it would take

SixPack said it ran good downhill, but otherwise engine lacked power and speed. The Dodge van is equipped with a 318 c.i.d. V-8.

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