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Plan to go the lake. Your buddy ... Bails.
This is the too common story, in my experience. @DesertSJRider can attest.

This part is where it starts to suck. You’ve got all kinds of time, money, etc. invested in something you really love to do, but others who either claim to be, or actually are, like minded “can’t” break away. So you end up solo on the water. Killjoys.
 

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When you post something in the WTB section like "WTB: SBN44" and you get PMS like "I've got one in good condition" or "I have one off a 96 SJ" .....excellent, glad you have one....HOW ABOUT A PRICE?
 

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Never joined in on this thread. Here we go.

Go to the lake to hang with uncle @Pablo after Pauly dialed my ski in yesterday
Pablo’s start stop switch no worky
Then we get about 15 minutes and the lightning starts.
 

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It's been 3 weeks now since l took my ski boat to have the freshly rebuilt engine reinstalled..
Supposed to be there a couple weeks cause "we don't have much going on right now".They haven't even touched it yet.Last time l took it there it layed around outside for a month.Rained a bunch and ripped my cover up.But l fixed it this time around! Talked to the owners (friends of mine) and told them the boat could not lay around outside cause my dash (exposed wires) was all opened up.They said "no issue,it won't take long to install and align the engine and driveline".
At this point,you are probably wondering why l took it back.The tech that is working on it has worked on my other boats for 20 years and l trust him.
Its at the point in the season now that it's about to late to try and resell it..
 

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I upgraded the headlight bulbs in my Ram yesterday from 55W 2005's to 65W 2011's and figured I'd top off my windshield washer fluid while I had the hood open.

It wasn't until I flipped the yellow cap down that I realized I had just topped off the coolant reservoir. :eek:o_O:confused::mad:

Thankfully it's not directly connected to the radiator so I was able to siphon it all out, flush it a couple times and then refill it with Mopar 50/50 coolant.

@Harbor, I can't be the only one stupid enough to make this mistake right?????
 

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@Harbor, I can't be the only one stupid enough to make this mistake right?????
It happens, think my last was almost pooring engine crankcase cleaner in the radiator, had the coolant flush bottle mixed up lol... my co-worker put diesel exhaust fluid in the diesel fuel tank... that was a pain, it was an eco dsl grandcheerokee with a saddle tank.. no way to drain gotta pull the exhaust and rear drive shaft out and drop the tank.. he's a master tech too. Stuff happens... In the early 80's i used to keep brake fluid in an empty beer bottle, well till I mixed my beer up and took a moth full of brake fluid, it gave me warm feeling lmfao!
 

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Here's my F up. People across the street come over asking if I can look at their yard vacuum that won't start, he's already had his next door budy help him and it still won't start. He knows I work on stuff and he just had shoulder surgery and needs a favor. Leave it with me I'll take a look at it. O confirm safety switch and spark are good, priming with external fuel source makes it run till the prime runs out.. so it's a fuel delivery issue. I pull the carb, bowl is full and clean, I check float level and needle and main jet and air bled circuits,, with wd-40, Iam out of carb spray.. all apears ok.. the floatbowl bolt has small passages that seem clear. I put back together and still won't run..well at this point a carb issue is indicated.. the unit is fairly new and service info says 12 month warranty.. so I msg them about my findings and to check date of purchase, looks like we got a plugged carb circuit... well Thinking further, I can verify my diag if I put my carb from my vacuum on their unit, if it runs normal again. I'll know fir sure the issues in the carb. So I do it and sure enough it runs like a champ now... so I pull their carb apart again and recheck with carb spray and jet drills, I find the float bowls bolt passages are the lowest point within the carb and smaller than all other passages, so any dirt had to pass thru it first, plug could be here.. so I start sticking jet drills in it before I try to re-verify flow. This screws me because after the jet drills it's bonified clear.., but its condition prior is not exactly known, Iam inferring it was actually plugged... so I blow thru the carb circuits one last time and out pops the needle seat and it flys like a foot ball being kicked into the end zone. It land on a jeep in my stall and makes no noise.. 1.5 hours later and complet sweep of shop and jeep, all I can come up with is it went into the cowl vent of the jeep and could be in the hvac unit... who knows dam thing is tiny..

So I buttoned up their unit with my carb and gave it back fixed... they were grateful not having to deal with sears and the BK filing... and made a peach cobbler pie..

I ordered a new carb and a needle and seat so I can get mine running, I just had to know where the issue was, kicked myself for a few days lol.. cost me about $65
 

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I chased a similar issue on my Stihl leaf blower a few years back and finally discovered that the little silver disc that popped out the first time I tore the carb apart was actually a blind that is normally glued in. Essentially, I had the answer in my hand within the first 3 minutes but ended up spending 4-5 hours messing with it.

When I finally broke down and bought a new carb, the total came to a whopping $32 with tax, bolted on in under 5 minutes and fired right off. Now that's a lesson learned right there! Now one of my first troubleshooting steps is to price out the replacement parts.
 

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I chased a similar issue on my Stihl leaf blower a few years back and finally discovered that the little silver disc that popped out the first time I tore the carb apart was actually a blind that is normally glued in. Essentially, I had the answer in my hand within the first 3 minutes but ended up spending 4-5 hours messing with it.

When I finally broke down and bought a new carb, the total came to a whopping $32 with tax, bolted on in under 5 minutes and fired right off. Now that's a lesson learned right there! Now one of my first troubleshooting steps is to price out the replacement parts.
That's a win. $32 is worth about 10-15 minutes of your time. Money well spent!
 
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