Broke down in Ridgeland SC

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Still Ugly, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. Still Ugly

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    Hey folks,
    I'm on my way to Florida to help a buddy with flooding in his home and have my pickup and trailer with a KLR on it.

    Cruising down the highway I see the engine light flicker. Pull over and find that I've got a misfire code.

    Wondering if some one can help a brother out with a place to work on it. It could be a number of things and they aren't all that easy without tearing some stuff apart. It's Saturday and the nearest shop is closed till Monday.
    I'm loaded up with construction tools but hardly any mechanic tools.

    Thought id reach out before I get a room and wait till Monday.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Still Ugly

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    Update, still broke down :/

    Got a room and am gonna hit the auto parts place tomorrow and change plugs and wires. Then go from there.
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  3. ob1quixote

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    What truck do you have, and what code is shown?
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  4. wb57

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    A lot of parts stores will pull the code(s) for you, if you don't have a code reader. I'd do a little troubleshooting before throwing parts you may not need at it.

    And everyone, get one of the $10.00 bluetooth code readers from Amazon or wherever. And a free Android app called Torque. It'll save you a lot more than you paid for it at some point.
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  5. Still Ugly

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    Thanks!!i did the key thing and came up with code p0300.

    It could be bad wires or plugs.
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  6. wb57

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    http://www.myautorepairadvice.com/p0300.html

    What Causes a P0300 Code?

    • Low Fuel Pressure
    • Vacuum Leak
    • EGR system malfunction
    • Internal Engine Problems (such as low compression)
    Less Common Causes
    • Faulty Coil
    • Faulty Spark Plugs and/or Wires
    • Camshaft or Crankshaft sensors
    • Ignition module
    • Computer

    https://www.obd-codes.com/p0300

    A code P0300 may mean that one or more of the following has happened: Faulty spark plugs or wires Faulty coil (pack) Faulty oxygen sensor(s) Faulty fuel injector(s) Burned exhaust valve Faulty catalytic converter(s) Stuck/blocked/leaking EGR valve / passages Faulty camshaft position sensor Defective computer Possible Solutions If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back. If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.

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    I've had a P0300 code before that was caused by shit gas. Like mentioned above, reset the code and see if it comes back, if there are no symptoms.

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  7. Still Ugly

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    That list in priority is a bit different that I came up with. I did fuel up where the hurricane dumped a lot of water and wondered if I got bad gas at the last fill up.

    I will certainly check that out, thanks!!!
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  8. Still Ugly

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    I've also got the possibility that critters were chewing on wires. I looked and didn't see any evidence of that but will look further in the morning.
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  9. wb57

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    If there are no symptoms other than a miss or two that stopped, I'd seriously suspect crap gas.
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  10. peejman

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    Maybe I'm weird, but none of that sounds like cause to be stranded somewhere. It still runs, right? If it's just missing a little or running a little rough, I'd keep going and get to somewhere you're comfortable it can be properly diagnosed and fixed. If it sounds/feels like it's gonna fly apart, that's one thing. But a simple miss isn't that big of a deal.
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  11. Still Ugly

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    Makes sense but it is missing to the point of stalling. I am gonna attempt to make the 17 mile trip down to 95 and get a code reader on it.

    I am thinking bad gas since no hard codes with the self diagnostic are tripping.
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  12. XDragRacer

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    Bottle of HEET in the tank, and drive on?
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  13. Still Ugly

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    Heet added as well as seafoam. I managed to keep it running as long as the rpms are up.

    Figured what the hell, might as well give it a go and finish my trip. Ran rough and lost about 3-4 mpg but I made it to Florida. It doesn't seem like I burnt a valve or 8 because of the water.

    The fuel filter is "unserviceable". It's in the tank and apparently part of the fuel pump.

    I'll keep adding heat and hope that it cleans out Irma.

    Lessons learned: get a fuel receipt. The pump I used didn't print one out as it was out of paper and I didn't feel like going in to deal with the zoo of people.
    So far im only out costs for a room, my time and frustration. Hopefully no further costs are incurred.

    2nd, always bring a bike with you if you have to use the truck for a trip :)

    I would've spent at least a day riding around here is I didn't need to get south. It made it easier to get around and not scrounge for rides.

    Thanks to all of you for the help!!
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    Not to hi-jack the post here from the O.P., but can you comment on the blue-tooth code reader that has worked best for you with that app please?

    I see there are many, many of them on ebay, curious which one has worked well.
    My daily driver/rain-day vehicle is a 19 year old Buick that has served me well but on occasion enjoys attempting to ruin my day.
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    I've bought several over the last few years to keep and to give away. All have worked about the same. Just checked amazon order history and found that I have these two at least:

    I think this is the one I gave to my son:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BY2CK32/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have this one in my truck:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AMBKD3Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    I appreciate it, thanks!!!!
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  17. Still Ugly

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    Update on my beloved truck. No compression on #7 cylinder.
    Apparently the 4.7 has a tendancy for this.
    The valve spring probably broke and hopefully there isn't any further damage.
    The good news is I get to ride the KLR back to the mountains of Tennessee.
    Cheers!
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  18. Unstable Rider

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    Good news+bad news then. :hmmmmm

    Yes, as the saying goes, a KLR is like a cheap taco that begs to satisfy.

    Pics please!
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  19. Still Ugly

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    It is bad news for sure. But has been a great truck and done more for me than I thought it would do.

    Since the pic, I've decided to wash the bike, the last time I did that eludes me. I'll just need to map out a scenic route home for when that time comes.

    I couldn't find a waterproof milk crate so the cheap ammo filled the role. Haha

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  20. Still Ugly

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    Update, I changed out an intake valve spring $5.99, had to order a specialized spring compressor $44.95 and wrench like a monkey. Truck is like new now!
    I didn't ride the KLR back home, I want to though! Thanks again for the offers and advice of help! Cheers!
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