Golf Course Management

DEC 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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THE INSIDER: shop Scott R. Nesbitt Soaking ignition wires in WD-40 displaced water that was causing starting problems for an engine. The diagnosis and replacing $30 worth of wires and distributor cap produced a fne "go-fer truck" for half price. Photo by Scott Nesbitt Wiring woes NEWS & notes Andrew Wiebe of Eagle Ranch Golf Resort in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada, has become the first to complete all competencies in the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association's certificate program. Wiebe, who started in the program in February 2013, maintained an average of 90.6 throughout the process, according to the IGCEMA. "I feel it is important to stay up-to-date in my field," Wiebe says. "(The certificate program) is quite focused on the specific equipment used on a golf course, which is, of course, quite useful to me in my job as equipment manager." For additional information about the certificate program, visit 34 GCM December 2013 Most golf course service shops have a "go-fer truck." We recently got one at half the Kelley Blue Book price because it failed its emissions test and it had some nagging issues. The seller was an auto service business that decided their technicians' time was better spent on customers' vehicles. The truck had failed its emissions test, but Norm Larsen needed to fnd the right formula. that test isn't required in my rural county. This Once warm, the engine ran with just a slight truck would crank but not start on the morn- stumble. But after rain and a sharp temperaing after a day of rain. The electric radiator fan ture drop that evening, the starting problem rewasn't keeping the truck's four-cylinder engine turned. While I was cranking the engine on that from overheating in slow traffc. A technician inky black night, I observed little points of light rigged a toggle switch in the cab to manually dancing on the spark plug wires. So, although turn on the radiator cooling fan, bypassing the the wires looked fairly new, the insulation was truck's automatic system. But the fan didn't turn breaking down. Spark current was straying, frvery fast, and it kept blowing the fuses in the by- ing plugs at the wrong time while not sending pass circuit. enough juice to fre other plugs in charged, comLoad-testing the battery showed it was in pressed cylinders. New wires and plugs effected good shape — low battery voltage during crank- a cure for $30. ing can disable the computerized ignition and A computer cured the radiator fan. From fuel systems in most vehicles. Reading the truck's eBay, a $3.99 download produced several thoucomputer-stored trouble codes showed only a sand pages of factory service manual, all searchmisfre on the No. 2 spark plug. Replacing that able from the keyboard. Deep in the 404 pages of wiring diagrams, I discovered that the fan replug didn't help. I have the time in retirement to problem-solve quired a 30-amp fuse and thick 12-gauge wire. patiently. The purchase day was sunny and cool. The technician's bypass used a 20-amp fuse and The truck started fne and made the 75-mile 7 feet of thin 18-gauge wire. Undersized wire acts drive home without fuss, even with the radiator as a resistor, dropping voltage to the motor and making it turn slower — that's the nature of difan disconnected. The next morning was misty. The truck rect current (DC) motors. Now we have a decent, reliable truck. Instead wouldn't start. Cranking produced some blowback — partly ignited fuel popping in the air of randomly installing new parts and electronic cleaner. When engine valves and timing are OK, components, we spent some extra time observing blowback indicates ignition in a cylinder when and researching, and solved electrical problems its intake valve is open. An old-school remedy, by looking at the wires, rather than the composoaking the plugs, wires, distributor and coil nents they connect. GCM with WD-40, got the engine going. WD means "water displacement," and the "40" in the name Scott R. Nesbitt ( is a freelance writer stands for the number of attempts that chemist and former GCSAA staff member. He lives in Cleveland, Ga.

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