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    Quote Originally Posted by KuhShise View Post
    donethat & FireMech: Really appreciate the info. Guess we need to have the Sutphen "Re-sparked" to bring up the speed-o reading. I always depended upon this when we had the old mechanical shift Macks. Never thought much about it as we advanced through the Pierce, and just thought it was the way things were when we got the Sutphen. The KME engine and aerial both read before you exit the cab. Never gave it much thought. Thanks again.
    It's all good. Thankfully my teething years were still mechanical, before being electronic. Why someone would turn off this essential tool, escapes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    It's all good. Thankfully my teething years were still mechanical, before being electronic. Why someone would turn off this essential tool, escapes me.

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    They turn it off so that it don't show extra miles on the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    If you have a Hale pump manual, it says to go directly from road to pump, not stopping in the center/neutral position.

    Waterous is also the same. Why people say or do this, I don't know. But it does not need to stop in the center/neutral position while making the road to pump transfer.

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    EDIT: Looking at the pic, #2 probably says "Shift to pump".
    It's done to give any shaft rotation time to "play out"before you reach either operating position. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinesfire View Post

    I sat in the engine last night and engaged & disengaged the pump several times. I believe I could hear the pump (pto?) engage, each time, well before the indicator lights come on.
    We have had some problems with a switch that turns on the "pump engaged" light. I don't know how your switch activates, but on one of ours, it is released by a lever when the pump is put in gear. It is underneath the pump where it gets wet and full of dirt. Internally it gets rusted, and slowly will move, then seize completely.

    Maybe yours is sticking, and moves when it wants. I keep spares.


    As for shifting, I attended a Waterous pump class, they said to shift it all the way don't hesitate. A Hale manual I read also said the same.

    The center position, as donethat said, releases the air pressure from the shift cylinders. That allows a manual pump engagement.

    I haven't had to try that yet, but lever is there.

    But everyone has their own way.
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