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General Discussion / Re: Suspension Damage to Towed Fusion
« Last post by Mike Shumack on July 16, 2019, 03:45:56 PM »
What kind of damage? Can you post a picture?
General Discussion / Suspension Damage to Towed Fusion
« Last post by Bob Bulot on July 16, 2019, 03:00:40 PM »
We flat tow a Ford Fusion Energi, using a Blue Ox base plate and tow bar.  The setup has been properly installed, with the tow bar correctly angled down to the baseplate, etc.

Yesterday while driving straight down 101 on a flat level roadway, just north of Yachats, Oregon, we heard a load noise, and pulling over, found that the right front tire and suspension components had been heavily damaged.  It looks like the car hit something in the roadway.  My confusion is that there had been no obstructions or imperfections in the roadway, nor any other apparent explanation for the damage.

My question:  Has anyone else experienced this problem, particularly with the Fusion in tow? Reason I ask is because the car sits quite low to the ground.  I am concerned that some small imperfection in the roadway might be enough to do this kind of damage.
Technical Support / Re: All up switch for blinds
« Last post by Bob Bulot on July 16, 2019, 02:40:20 PM »
my 06 Marquis has the multiplex system, and has an all blinds up/down feature..
Technical Support / Re: All up switch for blinds
« Last post by David T. Richelderfer on July 16, 2019, 01:01:21 PM »
Our 2004 Marquis has no "all blinds up" switch that I know of.
Technical Support / Re: All up switch for blinds
« Last post by William Jordan on July 16, 2019, 12:54:12 PM »
Same coach ... nope .. one at a time. Old school wiring. Before the multiplex (?) wiring and panels. On the bright side , no panels to fail !
Technical Support / Re: To Run Cat Filters or Not to Run Cat Filters
« Last post by Dave Atherton on July 16, 2019, 12:25:01 PM »
Dwright, good morning that question is entirely up to you as a owner but let be very clear yes
problem ahead if you choose not to use correct fuel filter for your engine. Yes your engine will run laftermarket fuel filters and your not worried about the Caterpillar fail safe system that was put
in place for trouble free  operations. This is your choice.  Look at the other side of this going away
from engine builder spec’s. with today’s poor quality diesel fuel available. The diesel fuel fines
Pepper like particles that will pass through the aftermarket fuel filter and slowly plug injector
screens , return fuel screens etc. now your $ 2.00 or $ 4.00 savings that’s turned into many
thousands dollar repair and depending where failure occurred large tow bill included. Looking
at set of electronic injectors replacement with reman injectors because of cost break still looking
Over $ 6,000. and if you feel again Caterpillar parts are to expensive going with like kind aftermarket
injectors for less money you are digging a money pit hole very deep. Problem does not stop at
Diesel fuel fines into injectors your complete fuel system will have to be gone through and replacement of check valves on the fuel manifold C-12 and up. You are talking to someone who
has been on the repair side of cost savings with a Caterpillar electronic engine but by the time
you leave a Caterpillar service shop assuming that is where you would go will be well into $10,000.
Caterpillar engines C-9 and down the replacement of Heui pump will come into play also.
Guess it is very hard to understand with the trouble free and long life operation and rebuild or replacement cost of your engine why a few dollars savings for non Caterpillar parts a person
would even give any thought other than using Caterpillar replacement parts.
Dave Atherton Retired Cat Mechanic
Technical Support / Re: All up switch for blinds
« Last post by Keith Moffett on July 16, 2019, 06:06:13 AM »
There was not one on our 02 Marquis!
Technical Support / Re: To Run Cat Filters or Not to Run Cat Filters
« Last post by Dwight Lakusta on July 16, 2019, 05:48:41 AM »
I am a die hard to the grave Donaldson filter buyer. But.... BUT... lol. After reading this from Dave. I wonder if I should run cat filters and just stick with them on my coach. I run them on all other pieces of equipment, none of them being a CAT.
Technical Support / All up switch for blinds
« Last post by Dwight Lakusta on July 16, 2019, 05:45:25 AM »
On my 03 marquis ruby 40, I have yet to find the “all up” switch for the blinds. Does this exist on my coach? Or only the never ones? Thanks.
Technical Support / Re: 2007 Beaver Contessa Fuel Gauge Redux
« Last post by Gerald Farris on July 16, 2019, 04:15:03 AM »
A defective fuel gauge is normally a fairly straight forward repair if you spend a little time diagnosing the issue before you start throwing parts at it. The resistance in the tank unit increases as the fuel level increases. So, for a fuel gauge that pegs full, you check for power at the tank unit, if there is power at the dash gauge but not the tank unit, you have an open circuit. If you have an open circuit, you can look for the open (probably a green and fuzzy terminal at one of the connectors in the LF electrical bay), or just run another wire.

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