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32 minutes ago, RSBILLEDWARDS said:

I always have 2 primary 30 micron fuel filters in the coach spare parts box.

Great recommendation for a DIY person. At the very least carry the filters, should you need a filter change you can always pay a road side mechanic to install your filters. 95% of the battle would be locating the proper filters on the side of the road.

I had to replace our secondary filter at a rest stop on the way home from Tennessee in Virginia. I noticed the fuel pressure gauge dropping dramatically when pulling a hill. 

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I carry two sets of fuel filters. I can replace a set and still have a spare set in case I really run into bad fuel. The primary isn't bad to replace, but the secondary is under the bedroom floor. 4 screws and lifts easily. I have a web belt wrench that uses a 3/8ths extension and ratchet. Where the new filters are stored, I carry a plastic 2# coffee can to catch the filter as I remove it. 

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23 hours ago, manholt said:

That leads back to Joe's suggestion on 8/25!

This coach needs a total service of both engine & chassis, DOT info of tires, batteries.  Have you added fuel since purchase?  The coach has been sitting a lot if it only has 46k miles in 24 years!!!  Works on gas, NOT a DP!

OK got it! I just went by what I found on the internet: https://www.mhsrv.com/1996-holiday-rambler-navigator-with-slide-used-diesel-pusher-tx-i1201791

UPDATE: I surfed the internet for a while, I cannot find a HR Navigator with a gas engine.

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I finally got to the turbo unit today Sept 1st and I think I'm happy with what I found. First, this is a 1996 HR but I found a date plate on the turbo with a 2000 date stamped on it  so I'm pretty sure that the turbo unit got replaced at some point. I think that the metal chunks that I found where leftover from the previous unit.

Next I opened the front and back and could not see anything broken in there.

The unit turns freely and there is no play so I'm going to put it back together and hope that everything is ok now.

As far as the fuel issue, I'll just have to replace the filters more often for a while and see what happens. The fuel filters that I replaced had a 2015 service date on them and to me that's poor maintenance practice and unacceptable. 

I have already replaced the house batteries and yes I'm planning on doing a total service to it too.

I will post as I take care of the problems, thank you all for the great recommendations and suggestions and take care.

 

 

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Looks like you may have gotten lucky. I would run some Diesel Kleen at a double dose level and see if it runs better. Go put some miles on it and have some fun.:D 

Have a great Labor Day

Bill

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20 minutes ago, WILDEBILL308 said:

Looks like you may have gotten lucky. I would run some Diesel Kleen at a double dose level and see if it runs better. Go put some miles on it and have some fun.:D 

Have a great Labor Day

Bill

Yes Bill, I do feel a lot better now with the turbo issue and I think that slowly I will be able to take care of the fuel issue also. My biggest reward out of all this is to know that there is a lot of nice and knowledgeable people here and that Sir is worth a million. Thanks to you and to all, and have a wonderful labor day too. :)

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Glad to hear there is nothing wrong but the fuel!

We bought bad fuel a few years back, it began growing bacteria at an alarming rate in the tank. I picked up a bottle of Diesel biocide and treated it within 3 days of purchasing the fuel.

I was replacing the fuel filters around every 900 miles or so afterwards. It took almost two seasons to get rid of it! The filter changes gradually increased in mileage shortly after the first round. 

Now at every fill up I use diesel fuel treatment that also increases the cetane rating of the fuel. Cheap insurance as far as I am concerned and the coach does perform better with it.

Make sure you carry extra filters, tools and a way to prime them. Probably couldn’t hurt to run through it at home first. I also carry a small hand pump to fill them, and a plug for the center of secondary filter so I do not introduce unfiltered fuel to the injection pump. 

Can you see into your tank from either fill neck?

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8 hours ago, obedb said:

I still use my Mason Jar to get a look at the fuel before a buy. Could save some trouble.

The jar also works good to check the DEF. That can also prevent some problems.

Rich.

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On 9/2/2019 at 4:46 AM, jleamont said:

Can you see into your tank from either fill neck?

I have not checked the tank yet but I will this weekend. Right now I'm waiting for a belt tensioner and new belt that I just ordered a couple of days ago, It's supposed to be here by Friday.

I'm thinking about siphoning some of the fuel out of the tank with a hose just to take a look at it and if it looks ok I will take it out around town for a test drive to see how it performs.

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26 minutes ago, Navigator1 said:

That's an awesome idea, thanks.👍

I do exactly the same.  Have a clear glass jar with lid in the compartment next to my diesel fill.

Pump 10 ounces or so into the jar.  If it looks good, pour it in the tank and insert nozzle to fill.

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6 hours ago, Navigator1 said:

I'm thinking about siphoning some of the fuel out of the tank with a hose just to take a look

Be sure to insert hose all the way to bottom of tank since you are not moving and mixing the fuel, that's where the water and other contaminates settle to. I use the mason jar test also, but wait a few minutes for the fuel to settle, then check the bottom of the jar for beads of water that may settle. 

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9 hours ago, Navigator1 said:

I'm thinking about siphoning some of the fuel out of the tank with a hose just to take a look at it and if it looks ok I will take it out around town for a test drive to see how it performs.

Like Kay said unless you can get to the low point in the tank you are unlikely to find anything. I would do like I suggested earlier. 

Bill

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