Monday, June 20, 2011

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 4

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 4

Quick recap of events in part 1, part 2 and part 3.  I have a 2000 Ford E350 cutaway chassis cab powered by the powerful 7.3L powerstroke turbo diesel and a Goshen Coach body.  I had a failure with my Carrier Transicold A/C air conditioning unit.  This one wasn't as severe as some of the ones I had in the past but it effectively took the air down.  What happened again was that the Carrier system takes out the factory condensor mounted in front of the radiator and places a larger one in a box located on the drivers side just behind the drivers door.  It is cooled by 3 fans in the case of mine the Carrier CM-3, which pull a vacuum on the box the condenser is in drawing air from the side of the truck and exhausting the air under the truck.  the rearward of my 3 fans locked down taking out the fuse for all 3 fans, newer models have each fan individually fused so that this hopefully won't happen.

So today Lasseter came through for me and my new fan arrived via UPS which is good as I payed a premium buying it from them.  After diagnosing any electrical damage and replacing a fuse in the cabin that allows the fans to have power.  I installed the new fan fired up the truck and felt the cold air blowing out!

locked up fan front
locked up fan back
New fan back
New fan side stickers
New fan back

I have said it before and I will say it again failures always happen when the temps are at their extremes. A/C and tires always seem to go out when the temps hit the upper 90's. On these powerstroke diesels with no feedback from the glowplug system, you don't know the glowplugs aren't working until it's the coldest day of the year.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Irvin S Cobb Bridge Run Paducah KY Brookport IL

Irvin S Cobb Bridge Run Paducah, KY  to Brookport, IL

The Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, completed in 1929, is currently a steel decked two lane bridge on US 45 that connects Brookport, IL to Paducah, KY.   The original pavement was concrete, but was removed approximately 40 years ago to make maintenance easier.   The main span, a Parker through truss, is 711.0 feet, which is the second longest simple truss span in the world. The rest of the bridge is made up of three Warren pony trusses on the approaches and nine polygonal, subdivided Warren through trusses. The bridge, which has a deck width of 19.7 feet and a vertical clearance of 14.1 feet has a total length of 5385.8 eeft.

Built by:
  • Harrington, Howard and Ash
  • Rouse Construction Co.
  • Union Bridge & Construction Co.
  • Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Bridge was originally a toll bridge, with the toll booth located in the corner on the Illinois approach where the bridge is widened. The toll booth was finally removed in 1954 after 25 years of collecting tolls.

Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (June 23, 1876 – March 11, 1944) was an American author, humorist, and columnist who lived in New York and authored more than 60 books and 300 short stories.  Cobb was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, where the events and people of his childhood became the basis for much of his later works.  He started in journalism on the Paducah Daily News at age seventeen, and became the nation's youngest managing news editor at nineteen.

I created the following video of the bridge to try and catch some of that "Blues Brothers" feel of running down Chicago's Lower Whacker Drive. I, of course didn't get anywhere close to that, but it was fun to make and I think works kind of well to give you a feeling of flying across the bridge.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 3

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 3

Well as previous discussed here in part 1 and here in part 2, I ordered the replacement condenser fan for my Carrier Transicold CM-3 condenser.  I found 3 sources for the complete fan Thermoking (which was the cheapest at $100.00 but they didn't have one in stock), Omega (the most expensive at $152.50) and LASSETER BUS & MOBILITY in Lewisville, TX (which had one in stock and said they would ship it today, was the one I bought).

The Lasseter fan was $129.15 but cost me $167.48 with tax and shipping 3 day fedex. The incidental charges were not so incidental I must say.  Although I have to say my truck was built in 2000, so if my 3 fans are that old then to have 1 go out now is not bad.

Stay tuned as I wait for 3 business days to get my part and get my bus a/c back cold again.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 2

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach Part 2

Well I inspected the electric fans on the Carrier Transicold Condenser on my 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach and sure enough 1 of the 3 was locked up.  Yesterday I detailed what happened and what I thought was my suspicions.  In my case its the rearward most fan out of the 3 that was locked up. So I pulled it off and it was just packed full of junk I don't know if it's road debris or motor/bushing dust but it was full of it.  I was hoping to take the motor apart to see if I could clean it and oil it up and get the air back going immediately but I couldn't find my torx driver set to extract the electric motor from the fan assembly. Due to the way the system is made the fans pull a vacuum on the back side of the condenser so all three have to be working.  I suppose, and this is what I'm going to do if motor won't come back to life long enough to get a replacement procured for a decent price.  I will make myself a cutout from plywood and block off the 3rd fan in order for the other 2 fans to pull atleast some air across the condenser so that I can have A/C again.


The thing I'm going to need to do is to pull the other 2 fans and take them apart and clean and oil them up as they appear to be quite expensive somewhere over $100.00 ea.  The following is the parts list of the motors from the Carrier Transicold Manual.  1 & 2 I believe are the same part just different numbers and I think this is a complete fan assembly.  3 is for the electric replacement motor for the fan.  And 4 is the little metal clip that holds the fan blade onto the motor.

  1. 54-00618-01 Fan & Motor Assy, Vector, 12V W/Fuse, (No Repl. Motor)
  2. AC401-110    Assembly, Fan, 12 VDC
  3. 54-50080-00 Motor, Fan, 12 VDC
  4. 44-50024-00 Clip, Fan Blade
Link to part 3

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach

Carrier Transicold problems 2000 Ford E350 Goshen Coach

Well Summertime is here and my air conditioning on our bus has gone down.  You see I have an auxilary Air Unit mounted at the rear of the van, a Carrier Transicold system.  This system utilizes the Ford factory air compressor and accumulator and the front evaporator, but they have taken out the factory condenser that mounts in front of the radiator and installed a much larger one on the side of the bus just behind the drivers door.  All this in order to put in a large evaporator in the rear of the bus to give auxilary air.

     The 2nd evaporator, A Carrier EM-1, at the rear of the bus is cooled by an expansion valve mounted just before it. The front evaporator is still cooled by the factory orifice.

     In September 2009 I replaced the compressor and the factory AC Accumulator and the Orifice. June 2010 I replaced the Expansion Valve on the rear Evaporator and the Carrier Filter/Dryer mounted on the Condenser.

    The Carrier Condenser CM-3 on my bus is supposed to be cooled by 3 electric fans mounted under the bus on the backside of the condenser. One of those fans was rattling the other day and later I noticed the fans weren't running and the air in the cabin suddenly went hot and the a/c compressor was apparently so hard to turn from the high pressure that it glazed the serpentine belt. So I've surely blown a fuse. And unfortunately those 12v electric fans must not be too common as I can usually find carrier parts on ebay for on the cheap. I think I am down to 1 fan which isn't very good and the cheapest I've seen those Carrier fans was $105.00 ea.

    I am going to try and fully diagnose the fan problem tomorrow and see just how many fans have gone bad as I'm pretty sure the minimum amount I have to buy is 2 right now and I may have to buy all 3 to get it back good and cold.

     I'll make a future post after I've acquired new fans and got it all back working again.  I look forward to hearing about your problems keeping your Powerstroke Diesels on the road and working properly in the comments below.