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Service Centers & Mobile Mechanics Good Places To Stop For Repairs And Maintenance, Mobile Mechanics, Or Bad Places To Avoid Too -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please add the names of facilities that you can recommend for service and repairs for a 'Bird, or those places to avoid for the same things. Be sure to give as much information as you can....... NAME OF BUSINESS..... BUSINESS LOCATION..... BUSINESS PHONE NUMBER..... BUSINESS CONTACT PERSON..... YEAR/ MODEL/ENGINE/TRANS OF 'BIRD WORKED ON..... WHAT ARE THEIR HOURLY REPAIR RATES..... SERVICE WAS GOOD, OR BAD..... WHAT KIND OF SERVICE, OR REPAIR WAS DONE..... REASON YOU RECOMMEND, OR AVOID DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM..... YOUR NAME..... Here is a tip about how to post your record and comments. First copy the topics above and then open a "New Thread" with the NAME OF THE BUSINESS and/or the TOWN WHERE THE BUSINESS IS LOCATED, then paste what you just copied there and then fill in the information.

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Old 02-19-2013
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I am looking for someone with experience of Birds in the LA area? Has anyone any good recommendations? Need someone who can help get our bird running again. We are having intermittent fuel starvation or air in the system issues. I have trouble shot this to death, changed many filters, cleaned the tank, put in new fuel, changed the lift pump, replaced the hoses from the racor to the pump near the racor etc etc etc. Now its time to have someone who actually knows these machines to have a go! Any advice would be great.

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check the return line, or could be the injection pump
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Agree with Bill. If you need a mobile mechanic let me know and I'll send you contact info. He's about an hour from you. The good thing is he gets the job done.
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Hi Curt

Please give me his contact details that would be most useful

many thanks

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A very common problem is the hand pump on the filter by the engine. They can leak and suck air causing the kind of problem you are describing. Many people remove the hand pump and put a manual switch on the electric lift pump and use that to fill the filter.
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Please give me his contact details that would be most useful

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Justin, I did not read anywhere if you had fuel or oil substance in the valley of the engine. If so that is a good indication that you have an injection pump issue, either a bad throttle body seal or the injection pump is weeping fuel. If you see fuel in the valley you are getting air. This thread may give you some ideas for symptoms.
Hump - sputter -die I fought it off & on for a couple years and it will get worse unless you get an injecton pump rebuild.
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Thanks John,

We had the injection pump rebuilt about 4 years ago when we first go the Bird. There was fuel in the valley, now its bone dry. What has been happening is the Racor Gauge (which has been replaced) rises as you are going up hill to the point when it goes into the red or past the red and then the engine dies. I then go out and replace the filter with a new one and sometimes it works ie the engine fires up and runs fine and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't want to rev out i then change the filter on the engine also. Last time i was able to limp home doing no more than 50mph. Once i made it home it got so bad i was only able to do 10 mph. As mentioned we have tried to trouble shoot the tank and lines, filters and pumps but to no avail. We have replaced the lift pump on the engine and the pump near the racor. There is no facet pump on our bird. One maybe related or not problem is that the generator will run for about 5-6 hrs or more and then die. Has to be bled to get it running again.

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Justin, If your bird is running roughly it is starving for fuel. Another word if it humps and sputters but will run that is most likely a result of fuel starvation. Fuel starvation could result from a collapsing fuel line, fuel flow blockage or clogged injectors. If you have determined it is not a fuel filter issue. Did you replace your main fuel filter on the engine? If so move on. Let’s start with the cheap route first, check all rubber fuel lines for any bulges or soft spots in the length of fuel line. That would be a good indication of fuel line wall separation and it could be causing fuel flow blockage. You could experience fuel flow blockage in the RACOR but that would be a long shot. If you do not find any bad fuel lines then I would want to have a few of the injectors pulled and have them tested. You may need to replace your injectors if they don’t pass, but it may be cheaper just to have them replaced than to have them tested & replaced if needed. Now if your coach is dropping dead upon deceleration or stopping it is an air in fuel system issue. This could be a bad gasket at the main fuel filter on the CAT, a bad lid gasket on the RACOR or a loose fitting on the RACOR allowing air to penetrate. Also there may be a missing gasket or missing or rubber seal on the stem of the main fuel filter, your filter has a seal and your screw on stem may need a seal. Good luck….
You could also try blowing air into the fuel line close to the tank, blow back into the fuel tank, you could have fuel blockage there at the pickup..
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Check the racor one more time for air , see if the canister is full.
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