26 January 2013

Ouch: Truck Repairs

I just got Big Green back from the repair shop, where some needed repairs were made.

Let's see:
  • Leak in the left front axle seal
  • Replace left front wheel bearing hub
  • Leaks in both rear axle seals
  • Replace both rear wheel bearings
  • Leak in the transmission pan gasket
  • Leak in the oil cooler line
  • Flush the cooling system
  • Replace the thermostat
  • Replace all the light bulbs behind the dashboard
  • Replace all the fluids associated with the above
  • Locate & fix a rattle in a heat shield, which required minor welding
The damage was a bit over $2,300.

Good thing we've had a moderate winter so far. Just about any one of those things, had it gone completely south, would have immobilized us.

Happier truck

Did I mention "ouch"?

19 comments:

Keads said...

Ouch to be sure. Glad big green is feeling better though.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Kelly. Painful, but it had to be done.

threecollie said...

Oh, man, that is a BIG ouch!

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, true enough. Good news/bad news: we've been saving toward replacing the truck, so we had the money. Now we just have a chunk less in the replacement fund.

Stephen said...

Here I complain when repairs to my truck exceed two hundred dollars...I feel for you.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Stephen. I was planning to do most of that piece-meal, but several leaks appeared at once. Oh well, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet & get 'er done.

Old NFO said...

OUch is right, but still better than walking... Just sayin...

Rev. Paul said...

No doubt, NFO.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Ouch! Better to have fixed the truck, then to be broken down in the cold some where.
I have an older expedition, it was paid off years ago. I would rather make a repair payment, and have a great running vehicle then to buy a new truck, and have a monthly payment.

Rev. Paul said...

Exactly, Sandy. Exactly.

Brigid said...

Yes indeed, ouch. My brake job Partner and I did ourselves. Outside of that, at 80,000 miles the only problem was with a door lock and I had to take it to the dealer. There was no warranty left but they said it wouldn't be more than $100. I dropped it, went to work, and came back after. They were SO friendly, got me coffee, handed me a paid receipt, really, no charge, it's all fixed, thank you Miss. Goodbye!

I was pleased but puzzled. When I got home I looked in the truck bed. I'd just come from hunting whitetail and transporting them. The bed was full of dried blood.

They were either savvy hunters that thought I was cool or they thought I was some crazed axe murderer with PMS.

:-)

Rev. Paul said...

Brigid, that's funny ... or frightening. :^)

Mrs. S. said...

So glad that everything could be fixed! It is much worse having to buy a replacement vehicle on short notice.

BadgerMedic said...

I wish I had as good of a story as Brigid...

The last time I put anywhere near that amount into fixing my vehicle, it was totaled two days later.

Rev. Paul said...

Mrs. S, this is the last major repair I propose to make. Our plan is to have a few cosmetic things fixed next month, then sell it this summer & get a newer replacement. This one's 14 years old now.

BadgerMedic, NO one has stories as good as Brigid's. :) Sorry to hear about your vehicle, though.

Cathy said...

Owwwwie.

Judging from that glacier back there . . . ya gotta have a well-maintained vehicle.

PS. That banner picture is gorgeous. Is that a painting or merely a photo?

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, that's just the snow they've cleared from the parking lot. But thanks; I try to keep it in good condition.

The header is a picture taken outside of Homer, AK.

Sandy said...

I have to say, I love this picture on your introduction page. Did you take this picture?

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, no. Wish I had, but I got it from a friend.