I read some threads this AM on "Stuck in Neutral" and tried some of the prescribed remedies to no avail. I was hoping for some additional thoughts.
- MTH SD70ACe PS3 20-20271
- MTH DCS 5.0
- Z4000 Transformer
The engine starts in DCS mode. All the bells and whistles (pun intended) work. After waiting a minute to get the BCR charged we try to move the engine forward. The headline dims (rule 17) but the engine does not move. The sounds do not change and stay in the neutral setting. Hit the DIR button, the headlight switches, roll the thumb wheel and the engine will not go in reverse either. When the thumb wheel is applied to over 25 SMPH the red light on the Z4000 comes on.
The engine will sometimes start conventionally and sit in idle. When pulling the Z4000 handle down and then back up slowly at about 10 volts the headlights go on and off (about every 3-5 seconds). Then at 11 volts the red light on the Z4000 starts to blink. I shut it down after that. To prove I don't have a track problem, I was able to duplicate this issue on my layout and a separate test track directly connected to the Z4000.
Sometimes when attempting to start in conventional when power is applied it just clicks... Click Click... Click Click... Click Click etc.
What have I done so far?
I have performed a Feature Reset and a Factory Reset. Neither of those worked. I disconnected and reconnected all of the wires on the Z4000 and TIU to ensure tight connections. No improvement. I tried the manual reset of 1 whistle and 5 bells on the Z4000, but nothing happens.
I removed the shell and re-seated the plugs going to the PS3 board. I inspected the engine carefully looking for an exposed wire that might cause a short. Nothing found. None of the boards or components appear to be burned or have a burning smell. I put the engine back on the track with out the shell. Same results in both DCS and conventional modes. I can see the flywheel with tack tape move a little bit, but not enough to actually move the engine before it stops.
This engine is brand new (Opened on Christmas) and was purchased from a very reputable forum member. But I'm guessing I do not have a warranty. ODO 104, Chronometer 9 hours. We have really been running this quite a bit since Christmas.
Thanks for your thoughts on the matter.