Whew...it's been a crazy crazy time the last few days.
While driving, whenever you would lift your foot off the accelerator, the stop engine light/alarm would come on. The owner said he had it looked at by a mobile tech and was told to order a new accelerator pedal. He was told Spartan doesn't make them anymore and to get one from a salvage yard, which he did. $1500. He had his son install it but he didn't take it for a spin until the day we flew out. Guess what? The alarm was still there.
When we test drove it, he said if the alarm comes on, just tape the accelerator a couple of times and it'll quit. Which it did. BUT, each time I pulled my foot off the pedal, it would come on. When that alarm is on, and you step on the pedal, you don't go anywhere. We found that out while test driving it.
The PO took the rig to the Spartan dealership in Asheville and they looked at it and determined the new pedal was bad too. Hmmm, that didn't, and still doesn't feel right. I asked him to please have the tech give him the error code, which is "Idle validation circuit Code 432"
I've done a few searches and to me, it seems like an easy fix. The tech said when he checked the voltages, they were not what he expected and sort of all over the place.
So long story short, the rig is still in the shop, and the PO (we went ahead and bought it with the stipulation that this had to be fixed on his dime, which they agreed to (Great people by the way) ordered another pedal, and asked the shop to ring out the wires going to the back to verify there's no issues with that.
The shop mentioned that the ECM's software is out of date and recommended that he update the software. They tried doing that today (I'm not sure how much time they spent on it) but they said it was having issues getting updated. Hmmmmm, Even though they ran diagnostics, the ONLY code was the 432...meaning everything else checked out. There were no other codes, according to the PO.
So...we are still here as we wait for the new pedal to show up, and for the shop to try and figure out why the ECM is not taking the update.
I have yet to talk with the shop, as we didn't 'own' the rig, but now we do, so I'm going to call tomorrow and see if they can explain things to me.
I've looked up that error and have found numerous things about it, but honestly, it's mostly over my head.
Here’s a couple of post that seems to validate updating the ECM and doing a recalibration of the pedal.
I don't think we made a mistake buying the rig. It's well made, and I think, this 'should' be an easy fix
. I don't know anything about this, but the shop has all the equipment and even better access to data about this error code, so you would think it should be a slam dunk.....unless, there is something wrong with the ECM.
Unfortunately, the owner is going out of town for 8 days.
But I am a man of faith, and I believe God's going to get us through this without having to 'learn a big lesson'.
In my mind, I'm hoping the ECM software update will get completed and it will fix the Idle validation circuit Code 432 issue, as one of the line items on the update address the accelerator issue.
So, any input you have....I'm all ears.
Thanks for reading.