Jim Coleman Timer Problem


Okay so the timer was already in bad shape with the display knocked out but it still worked.  When I drove up today to the carwash the high pressure water was running and the timer was giving out free carwashes!  So I had to disconnect the timer and I am down one bay until tomorrow.  I need to replace the Jim Coleman timer with a D&S timer.

Coleman Timers


Did you know that Coleman timers have to be set correctly to work correctly?  I set up the timer as “fragrance” for my fragrance vacuum and I just could not figure out why it would not work right.  Finally I started over and saw “fragvac” and selected that and completed my mission of replacing a bad timer.

That took all day?


I technically hooked the last 2 bays up, so I have all 4 bays working off the Coleman equipment.  The setup will not win any beauty contests.  I did have a wire problem that  was giving me a constant coin pulse to the timer.  I had to swap some wires a long time ago because of a wire short, which cause me to have to retrace all the wires today. FUN.  All this crap needs to be redone: we will see when that happens because it works now.

Multiple problems


I had multiple problems with my meter box today.  The timer plug came out and the meter box had no power.  What was weird was the IDX coin acceptor kept stealing money: usually the coin acceptor does not accept coins when it does not have power.

Hunter’s Creek Auto Wash / aka Car Wash

My GPS said “Gatorland Carwash” at 14513 Gatorland Drive, Orlando, FL. but the name does not really matter.


First picture is the front view and the second picture it from the entry road next to a Flex-Serve.



Front view: I like the glass block and the road sign.



Vending:  I like the “Suggestions” box and it is interesting that they replaced the Dilling & Harris Vend-Master product door.  They replaced the plastic with metal.


Back view:  First picture show painted arrows on the ground which is a good idea.  I just doubt it would help.



Bay:  Some interesting notes are the crappy foam brushes and the garbage can in every bay.  I love the large timer conversion.


Automatic:  PDQ Laser 4000 had an interesting purge setup in the automatic.  Not really sure what or why it was purging though.


Vacuums:  They has some weird vandalism problems?  I actually had someone steal my gun off my Fragramatics fragrance vacuum before.  They unscrewed the gun and took it.

Coleman Fragrance Vacuum Problem


I replaced all the barbs with Parker 1/8″ x 1/8″ push lock fittings.   (I purchased from Grainger like MEP1 told me to.  Thanks)  But I am having a weird problem I can not figure out.


2/3 fragrances work, the one that does not work really should work though.  This is what I tried.

1)  Checked the wire from the timer to the solenoid with a voltmeter.  Works

2)  Button works and makes a sound when pushed, the air also keeps running when the button is pushed.

3)  When I rewire (hot wire) frag 2 to frag 3 (broken) the solenoid will work fine.

4)  When I rewire (hot wire) frag 3 (broken) to frag 2 the solenoid will not work.

5)  Swapped the timer with another fragrance vacuum.  Still does not work.

6)  Ground seems to be all connected fine to the solenoid.  Checked with voltmeter.

7)  Rewire from the timer wire (wire harness) to the solenoid and still did not work.

The only things I did not check:

1)  Voltage

2)  Rewiring the wire on the wire harness to the solenoid.