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Old 02-25-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Ignition switch adventures

When we purchased our Trek in Tennessee on September 2,2009 the seller related that in order for the dash AC to work one must Jiggle the ignition key(clue #1. As we traveled along I-70 we noticed that the ABS light came on and stayed on (clue #2). Shortly the cruise control quit working(clue #3). The turn signals stopped working (clue#4) nor would the high beams work (clue #5). Being quick to realize that something was amiss with our Trek we pulled into a rest area near Warrentown, Mo. We shut off the engine but couldn't get the key out of the ignition key switch(clue #6). The locksmith arrived in his converted school bus. The key switch was repaired and he related that we have some serious electrical problems. (clue #7). We spent the night in the very nice Flying J in Warrentown, Mo.
After being rested and well fed we proceeded to the BOB MCCOSH CHEVROLET Dealer in Columbia, Mo some 50 miles away. Along the way we smelled what could be an electrical short(clue #8). We stopped and couldn't find anything and after a cooling off period we charged on. We arrived at BOB MCCOSH CHEVROLET. We were met by a very kind Charles Wright and shown to their very nice waiting room. We met several people there who had automobiles in for service and really loved the dealership. While there an employee gave us a ride to Subway for lunch or any other place we wanted to go. My wife was taken to Walmart for shopping. We remembered that a couple in a 2003 Trek near our home had a similar Ignition switch failure in August 2009. They had to be towed to a repair facility for $800.00. Our trek was repaired in five hours and we were sent on our way. Total cost was $489.77
Ours is a P-32 chassis. The problem occurs also on newer Workhorse Chassis.
Our trip was uneventful from then on.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:36 PM   #2
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Just food for thought! I had the same 2000 Workhorse P-32 chassis/Winnebago Adventurer. Look at where the main wiring harness crosses the air conditioning pump bracket on the top of the engine,front left side. My wiring harness was streched so tight that it rubbed a hole in some wires and caused the engine to die while driving down the road.

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