Saturday October 22, 2016 Guerneville CA.
Being a weekend, I decided to stay home and do some yard chores and just take it easy.
I started with the hard stuff and moved several loads of firewood to the woodpile.
What’s the cat after
While I was getting the wood in the wheel barrel, I noticed my neighbors cat chasing something up in an apple tree. By the time I got the camera, kitty was sitting under the tree looking innocent enough.
The cat hung around for about a half hour doing some preening before wondering off. The squirrel took off sometime later as when I checked it had gone.
Valley water level
I wanted to measure the depth of the valley water level so I dropped a line down this unused well to see. The water level is down to about twenty three feet, three more feet than about a week ago when I measured it. I’d like to see it down to about thirty feet before we drill the next well so I know any water we get is not coming from the valley water supply.
Of course I took some breaks and puttered around a bit.
Working on the engines rough idle problem
Something to do with the MAP sensor
Steve identified a problem with the map sensor while I was up visiting with him at Gold Lake. I found some gas in the line then and cleaned the sensor out and tried it while on my last trip. It worked ok for a bit then started running rough again.
This time when I looked in the line that the Map sensor plugs into, I found it full of gas which should not be.
I cleaned the gas out of the the sensor and installed the proper vacuum line on the unit. I also moved the vacuum tap from the back of he unit to a new port in the front of the unit as there just should not of been that much gas in the rear port, so I plugged that port up for the front port.
I started the engine and found it operated a lot different. I had to increase the idle screw a lot to keep the engine going, but then it seemed to work better.
I took the van for a little test drive down the road and it seemed to have a lot more pep so I think I’m on the right track.
Tomorrow I will reset the computer’s memory and set the idle as the service manual specifies and see how things look. It’s no longer idling rough, but I think it needs to be calibrated.
By then it was evening and I just sat around and chair hopped mostly. I did move one more load of little pieces of wood to the woodpile and that was it for my day.