I need some advice about my LionMaster Challenger 6-82694. I'm having a sound issue. It cuts out after it has gone through a left curve. I have installed a Y-L-B from Henning's trains.
Let me give some history on this issue, This is the second one of these engines that I purchased. I bought one last year and it had sound issues after only a week, I run my trains about one hour a day seven days a week. It was under warranty so I contacted Lionel about it and sent it in for repair, once I got it back it worked for about a week and then the sound issues came back. I contacted them again and sent it in again for repair, got it back and it work for less than a week. This occurred four more times and then they started to accuse me of breaking the engine. I paid the last time for the repair and got it back and it worked for 2 days and was then completely dead, not just the sound the entire engine. I asked Lionel for a replacement but they informed me that since it's a BTO they don't have any replacements.
I should note here that every time I got the engine back it was just a little bit beat up then when I last saw it, The bell was missing once, the Grab irons on the pilot truck were off when I opened the box, shipping 14 times in less than six months was taking its toll. I then contacted the vendor and they accepted a return.
I wasn't sure if I had received a lemon or if it was in issue with that model. I read up on the forms looking for people with this kind of issue. I didn't see anything about it. So about a year after that I purchased the same engine new old stock from a reputable vendor. It has worked for two and half months with no issues, then the sound thing started the other day. I know it's covered under warranty but because of when happened with the last one I very afraid to send it back to Lionel for repair.
I should note here that I also own a LionMaster Big Boy 6-11208. That engine is well out of warranty and I have done extensive repairs involving the draw bar with replacing the part 6108056082 Draw Bar with I.R. Transmitter / Engine (2 Wire). I replaced draw bar with IR and the wire was too short for my curves (my tightest curve is O36, both engines are rated for O31) To solve that issue I soldered in a longer wire to give it enough slack to fix that issue.
I live in Northern Virginia and there are only two dealers near me with less than an hour drive. The close one does't like to do warranty repair work for items they didn't sell, I'm not confident in repair work with that kind of attitude. I don't know anything about the other one other then trains is not their main focus. So I'm basically left with two options. Repair it myself or drive it to a reputable repair shop over an hour away. Which is the better option?
Final info about my layout in case anyone has those kind of questions. I'm running Legacy v1.5 with a ZW-L power supply. My one other Legacy engine has no issues (after my repair) and my 2 converted TMCC engines with ERR boards work as well.
Thanks in advance for any sound advice.