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Old 06-06-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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Engine and Glass Repair in Yakima

I have been having some overheating problems with the new coach's engine and also had the surging on cruise control problem. I have not had the best of help from the Cummins dealers that I have been to about these issues. Since we wanted to get out of town (HOT) and have family in Washington to visit, I made an appoint at Cummins in Yakima. I thought that they would have the best knowledge of all things Alpine.

On the start of the trip, I had some bad wind noise coming from the windshield and was concerned about WRV's install, it is one of the first installs of the one piece units. Since I was planning on being in Yakima, I thought that the glass company that did all of WRV's installs, after production, would also have the best experience on Alpine windshields. I found that Johnson's glass was who did this work, from Mark.

Mike at Cummins found my engine software to be out of date, it was v7 while v14 was the current version. v8 was to cure the surge in cruise control. I had asked about this problem while at other Cummins dealers and they checked for any campaigns on my engine, but did not check the software. Mike inspected my coach for any problems that might cause overheating. He found major problems with my radiator's cooling air "recirculation shield" (probably wrong name.) I will post information and photos of my repair shortly. He also informed me that many coaches left factory, like mine.

Johnson's glass inspected my windshield and thought that they could fix the sealing problem without pulling the windshield. Pulling the windshield would probably cause it to break, requiring a replacement and a big bill. They were able to do the re-seal, at a very reasonable cost and all is well now.

I realize that Yakima is probably a long trip for most of you. But, if you plan on being close and have any ongoing problems with your engine or glass, I would highly recommend the folks in Yakima who have been working with Alpines for years.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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Hi Dale,

Thanks so much for this info. Since our coach was in production at the same time as yours, I think we need to get these things checked out. John said he's always been a bit concerned about how "warm" the engine runs, but he's not been overly concerned. He'd like to know how warm you were running. Also, who up in Yakima is doing your radiator fix, or are you having that done somewhere else?
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Gail,

See my post,
Radiator Air Flow Problems. Do you really need to ask who I would have do a "light duty" repair? I would be interested in seeing some other coaches, to look at their shield installations.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
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Silly me!! I'll check out your other posting...

Why are you up in the NW when it is so nice and cool here at home?? The heat hasn't returned yet, but I guess it is supposed to be back to the mid-90s by this weekend.

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