Sugar’s Ford Truck Adventures
We have a Ford F250 Superduty diesel pickup truck. Sometimes it is hard to start. Those of you who know about diesels are aware of the effect that cold temperatures have. We have an electric plug with which to heat the engine block (whatever that is). I plugged it in yet still had trouble starting the truck. And this was after spending money on new glow plugs (whatever those are).
Well, Miss Sugar looked into the problem. She is, as you know, just a girl, whereas I am a manly man. Who do you think knows more about trucks?
So Sugar inspected the truck and reported back to me that the plug does not plug into anything. It is just a loose electric cord hanging out of the grill, just as I suspected. I appreciated her confirming that for me. So I thanked her. (However, I was not sure what to do with this information).
Sugar got on the computer and researched what was lacking in the cord department. She ordered the missing connection on-line. In the process of doing research about diesel engines, Sugar learned about a 100 volt relay (whatever that is) which is obviously better than the factory-installed 12 volt relay.
Knowing what I do about trucks and truck parts and electricity and all, I approved Sugar’s idea of ordering one of them there 100 volt relays. So she ordered both the cord connection thing and the relay thing. It was kind of my idea (after she explained it all to me).
The parts arrived. I probably could have installed them in about ten minutes (if I had the right tools). However, I am a really busy person (and very important) so I suggested that we take the truck to Dave’s Automotive with the parts and hire him to install what I could easily install all by myself ( if only I had the time and tools).
So Sugar called Dave and explained the project. We brought in the truck and dropped it off with the parts. Dave called my cell phone the next day (because I, like him, am a guy, and Sugar is not, being a girl and all). Dave left me a message that he had the cord thing-a-ma-bob installed (he did not use that term) but said he had never seen a relay like that. He was not certain where it even went. (It seemed that Sugar had ordered the wrong part, but, after all, she is just a girl, and what do they know about mechanical stuff?).
So I let Sugar listen to the message. Silly girl! Obviously, if Dave, with decades of experience operating his own auto shop, had never seen the type of relay Sugar purchased, then she must have purchased the wrong part. Obviously!
Sugar called Dave back. She told him where to put the part. She explained that this particular 100 volt relay is a universal part and that is why it has more holes than the factory relay. They talked about various diesel engine components like the mechanics that they each are. I was not part of the conversation. As reported to me by Sugar, Dave agreed to “give it a whirl.”
When Dave next talked to Sugar, he asked her where she got that 100 volt relay. He wanted more. He wanted one immediately for his wife’s truck. He parroted what Sugar told him earlier in the day about the advantages over the 12 volt factory version. One advantage is that it is easier on the glow plugs. Another, related advantage is that the truck starts on the first try every time. I would explain why in greater detail but some of you readers are just girls and it would be way over your cute little heads.
Just ask Sugar.