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Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. #461465
06/08/04 10:12 PM
06/08/04 10:12 PM
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SunValleyAmigo  Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,419
S.V. Idaho, 1st Gen Amigo RWD,...
It's been years since I last posted a topic on the forum. And as the subject line states; I believe this has to be the most bizarre way to destroy an engine.

I'm writing this while sitting out on the balcony (overlooking the pool; and the scantily clad wildlife, GRRR!) of my hotel room in Boise. I arrived late last night for a weeklong business trip. However, the Amigo is parked at a strip mall two miles away; dead.

The list of (known) parts that were destroyed.

1. Entire clutch fan assembly

2. Water pump

3. Radiator, BRAND NEW!!!

4. Alternator, maybe.

5. Assorted belts & hoses, BRAND NEW!!!

On the final leg of my road trip to Boise, I had to drive a 28 mile stretch from Mountain Home while fighting a 40+ mph headwind. My 1st gen Amigo weighs less than 3200 lbs, is 2.5" taller and wears 31's. I was white-knuckling the steering wheel with both hands just to stay on the road, and 65 mph was all I was willing to ask from her. Not fun...

I was about two miles from my hotel, when steam began to pour out the hood, and the engine just stopped. No warnings, no idiot lights, temp gauge down low (too low in retrospect) NADA.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. 4ZE has now left the building!

After consulting with Jerry Lemond, aka "Mr. Isuzu", this is what we believed might have happened. The combined wind speed (Amigo 65mph/wind 40+mph) stalled out the fan, but the water pump continued trying to spin the input shaft. Where the fan shaft fits into the water pump, it looks like someone took a drill press and hogged it out.

"But wait Travis, how could you see into that fitting?"

Good question grasshopper, shut-up and listen <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

After pulling over when the engine quit, I popped the hood and much to my surprise; I found the now free flying clutch fan had decided to carve up my radiator (did I mention that is was BRAND NEW <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" /> !) like a Thanksgiving Turkey!

Both the upper & lower radiator hoses and alt belt provided a Martha Steward like garnish for the feast.

The clutch fan shaft is 20mm of pure aluminum; not anymore. Now it's 20mm of sheared aluminum. Damn thing looks like it was sliced by a sake-swilling samurai.

Try to forgive my cliché-laden rant; writing this out is very therapeutic.


Mr. Isuzu has seen similar instances of this before, though not on an Isuzu, and it's extremely rare.

Hopefully, the engine has not completely seized up, because if that's the case, I'll just part it out on E-Bay. With almost 200k miles on the chassis, a new/used engine is not a smart investment.

There ya have it folks! The most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe!

Hmm, think it's time to wander down to the pool and perform my best Croc Hunter routine on the local wildlife.

"Be Careful Steve, the floral-print bikini flasher can very dangerous!"

No worries mate! Just as soon as I can wrestle these 6-pack goggles over her eyes, everything will be alright!


Travis


"I can make it up the hill in 2wd, Honest! I'll just go FASTER!"
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Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461466
06/08/04 10:17 PM
06/08/04 10:17 PM
salb3039  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 408
Greeneville, TN
Wow, that sucks. I'm sorry man.

Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461467
06/08/04 10:42 PM
06/08/04 10:42 PM
bob large  Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,156
Coeurdalene ID
Dude that Sucks! But a great read, very creative. Laughed my ass off. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
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and perform my best Croc Hunter routine on the local wildlife.
<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


Steve C
Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461468
06/08/04 11:05 PM
06/08/04 11:05 PM
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pplotz  Offline
Rock Warrior
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 906
Denver, CO
If it makes you feel any better, I lost two fans in two months... luckily, it never ate my radiator, but I did drive 40 miles on an air cooled engine <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> The second time it didn't even eat my belt.

Peter

Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: pplotz] #461469
06/09/04 12:43 AM
06/09/04 12:43 AM
Smiley  Offline
Trail Leader
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 5,911
Back in BFE, WV
Sorry to hear about the mechanical bits going ‘Ka-Bloowy’


You seem to be taking it well enough…
I guess the poolside libations and visual therapy are helping some though, huh? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


Cheers! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Smiley


Six Isuzus, so far... still have three of them.
Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461470
06/09/04 01:14 AM
06/09/04 01:14 AM
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holger  Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,873
Walnut Creek, CA
Sorry to ask a stupid question, but is my understanding
correct that it is dangerous to have strong headwind AND
high speed ? Is it true that the fan/water pump assembly
is not strong enough to withstand, at least on older
machines ? Was it a broken assembly, or a general
defect in Isuzu's machines ?

I hope you are handling the situation well and you are
going to stay in the Isuzu realm.

Regards,
Oleg
Rodeo 4WD 2002

Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461471
06/09/04 01:35 AM
06/09/04 01:35 AM
slappy  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 336
San Antonio, TX
Sorry to hear about your Zu', but the 'sake-swilling samurai' visual had me crying.

*Keeping fingers crossed for 'ya*


-john

99 Rodeo 3.2L 4WD

Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: bob large] #461472
06/09/04 05:39 AM
06/09/04 05:39 AM
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SunValleyAmigo  Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,419
S.V. Idaho, 1st Gen Amigo RWD,...
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Dude that Sucks! But a great read, very creative. Laughed my ass off. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


Thanks, I'm a writer. Though editorially speaking, my punctuation was atrocious.

Smiley
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You seem to be taking it well enough…
I guess the poolside libations and visual therapy are helping some though, huh?


[b]Oh Yeah...
<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Oleg
Quote
Sorry to ask a stupid question, but is my understanding
correct that it is dangerous to have strong headwind AND
high speed ? Is it true that the fan/water pump assembly
is not strong enough to withstand, at least on older
machines ? Was it a broken assembly, or a general
defect in Isuzu's machines ?


According to Mr. Isuzu, this is an extremely rare occurence, and has nothing to do with the overall build quality of Isuzus.

While he has seen/heard or of this "issue" (only twice) it has never been with Isuzus.

John
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orry to hear about your Zu', but the 'sake-swilling samurai' visual had me crying.


You and me both! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

The Amigo is now sitting in the back of the Boise Hilton parking lot, awaiting new parts.

Is it Happy-Hour yet?

I believe it's time to head back to the pool. Ops, I meant the "Outback" , anyone have any Hickey Repellant I can borrow? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


Travis


"I can make it up the hill in 2wd, Honest! I'll just go FASTER!"
Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: SunValleyAmigo] #461473
06/09/04 06:45 AM
06/09/04 06:45 AM
Smiley  Offline
Trail Leader
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 5,911
Back in BFE, WV
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Is it Happy-Hour yet?



Pace yourself, Mate... Pace yourself!

The task of skinning a floral-print bikini flasher is not something you should attempt while you’re outright embalmed!


But for the record…
I’m raising my glass to toast your indomitable spirit!

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />



You two have fun! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/coolg.gif" alt="" />


(Something tells me that I’d really hate to be on the receiving end of your ‘guest services’ bill – I suspect the Pay-Per-View charges alone will equal the GNP of Guatemala! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> )


Cheers! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Smiley


Six Isuzus, so far... still have three of them.
Re: Tales from the Dark Side, the most bizarre way to suffer an engine catastrophe. [Re: Smiley] #461474
06/09/04 06:59 AM
06/09/04 06:59 AM
StinkBug  Offline
Roll Me Over
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 2,984
Under my truck.
Very interesting, and definitely a rare one. However I dont really buy the whole fan stopping theory. Because of the pitch of the blades air blowing through the fan would cause it to turn faster, not slower. Remember the fan is designed to suck air through the radiator, the same direction that headwind was pushing it. My best guess? Dunno why but the fan came loose and hacked up all the hoses and belts and such, you lost enough fluid that the temp sensor was in the air and not getting a good reading and you overheated it. Thats just my theory, but it still doesn't explain how the fan clutch broke. Overspinning maybe?

Dallas


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