On the drive into work on May23 the engine suddenly shut itself off 3 times. First as I was pulling onto Walker Road off the 217, again on driveway off Jenkins and last in the parking lot while I puttered looking for a spot. Some quick research showed me that the main power relay (Relay 109) really sucks on these ALH TDI engines. Apparently, folks buy them in bunches, and keep spares in their glove box just in case these things happen. So, I ordered a couple from IDParts.com ($10 each plus shipping). In my classic impatient way, I bought another one at Discount Import Parts (DIP) on the corner of Hall and Scholls Ferry Rd (Progress exit off 217).
Relay 109 Symptoms, but not 109
Thursday night, I tried swapping the relays, but the same effect happened. Friday night, I tried some additional diagnosis with Boo listening while I tried starting / runing him. As we talked about possible causes over breakfast this morning, she hit on it: it starts fine, but when you try to just run him, he dies.
Dang, it was me!
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striped rear of bus
Well, there's still daylight left, so I'm gonig to take a celebratory drive down the way to Taco del Mar to celebrate with a burrito. As always, thanks for following along and more next time...