It's dying again Jim!
[ Monday -
February 16, 2010 ]
The unfortunate news is, I have to drive my Subaru Forester once
more. Not that I mind the Forester, because it's a damned well
built machine and extremely reliable. However, it's not as much
fun as the 8GS. That is until it rains cats and dogs. In
that case, the Forester is just as much fun as the 8GS without the
getting wet part. The car only has 149HP so it's hard to get it
to go out of control without the turbo charger. I guess if I try
really hard, I should be able to break traction. As for a
standard 25 MPH turn, forget breaking traction. All I can manage
is a little nudge before the AWD gains traction again (e.g. split
second loss of traction). One of
these days I might just put a snorkel on the Forester and take it for a
stream crossing, but I digress.
So what's the deal this time? It's back to the same old symptoms
again. After a good heavy ride in the rain, while running with
Seafoam to stabilize the fuel, the 8GS once more decided to give me the
"hard to start" bit. It got progressively worse over 3 days with
the 3rd day being the worst of the problem. It's not a case where
the 8GS became a 500 lbs hunk of metal, aluminum, and plastic.
Instead it stutters just like me when I bite my tongue or try to talk
too fast. I had to resort to pushing
the start button with the left hand while twisting the throttle with
the right to get the bike to start. Beautiful success after the
third attempt. So
much for the fuel causing the ill start problem. Sure enough I
call Brown Motor Works and took the bike in the next morning.
This was last Thursday. The bike has been in the shop since, but
the Brown folks are treating me right. I can't complain about
them because damn they're fast. As of Friday afternoon, they've
already started working on my bike.
I'm also fortunate enough to also see the outer gas tank shell
cracking. It's a nice set of left and right side cracks.
Since this is purely cosmetic I didn't care too much about it. I
called Brown just to let them know I see the problem but know that it's
cosmetic and I'm not in a real hurry to fix the problem. They
told me to go ahead and take the bike in for some pictures to see what
BMW NA is willing to do. I did. This time around, the
response is fast. "Go ahead and replace the gas tank," was the
instruction from BMW NA.
Between the stalling problem, the cracked gas tank, and my bike being
at 11K miles, I went ahead and ask the service folks to go ahead and
slap me with the 12K miles service.
So far so good. The 12K service is done. The gas tank and
fuel injectors just came in today. The gas tank change out is
scheduled to happen tomorrow. Now it's just a matter of seeing
what BMW NA is willing to do related with the ill starting
problem. From the looks of last month's problem, it appears to be
the fuel injector, but I wouldn't pretend to be any type of bike
mechanic expert. I'm hoping BMW NA is willing to change the fuel
injector but I doesn't look that way. At least not with a lot
In the meanwhile I'm starting to seriously consider going back to
getting one of these. I only have $1.8K left on the 8GS. I
should be able to plop some money down on one of these guy at the
beginning or middle of summer. Oh yeah!!!
[ Thursday -
February 18, 2010 ]
Just as I suspected. BMW NA doesn't want to do anything with the
start problem other than put the bike on the diagnostic computer to run
additional tests. Of course the diagnostic is going to come back
all 100% clean. Why, because the problem is a mechanical one and
not an electrical one. Just because a sensor is reporting a false
positive, it doesn't necessarily mean that there is nothing wrong with
the mechanical part. What does all this mean? This means I
have to pay for the warranty fix. If I wait and let them perform
another fuel injector cleaning, the problem will simply come back again.
[ Friday - February
19, 2010 ]
At long last! Final resolution! I guess it turns out good
that I requested the fuel injectors be replaced under my $s. Why,
because when the Tech took the injectors out and looked at it, he
noticed the coil on the fuel injector is discolored. There is
definitely something wrong with the FI. As a result, Brown Motor
Works contacted BMW NA to recommend that my fuel injector change out be
under warranty. Guess what, BMW NA agreed. Way cool!
Thanks Brown for taking care of me. Now all I have to pay for the
the 12K service which comes in at about $340. Rock on Brown Motor
Works! You people are awesome!
Written on: February 16,
Last modified: February 19, 2010