We had to run around town to several places to get the exhaust part we needed to make the minor exhaust repair. You know the sound – the “spiff-spiff-spiff” sound that comes from under your car when you are in traffic or near a building.
Exhaust leak. Yup. That one.
We get the part – and it is WAY too easy to put in. Of course I have no ramps here in Huachuca City so I do the only thing any Mid-Western country boy would do: I ramp it up on 2×4’s…. And use a cinder block as a safety chalk (OK you can wince here)…
It only takes about an hour or so to fix and that is with some extra time spent cleaning the pipes because “this-is-going-way-too-easy” feeling needs to be tamed a bit.
I get it all back together – start it up – and I hear the same thing: spiff spiff spiff spiff…
I move the creeper around and get the light just right and there it is: spiff-spiff-spiff coming out of the BROKEN exhaust manifold.
I COULD fix this: With a car lift, air wrench set, tap-n-die set (to remove broken bolts) and perhaps an acetylene torch set and of course the parts – Oh yeah….the parts. None in town. One comes from Californication and the other from somewhere in the snow infested Mid West.
I did mention than the manifold is cracked? Check. Oh-and the catylitic converter ($600) is bad too…
Sigh….. Order the parts and wwwwwwwwwwwwwait.
Some time this week (we pray to the previous God of Pluto – now redesigned again as a “Planette”… (seriously?)
we may get our parts and make our way back to Oregon.
Priceless – (about $1400 actually with the tune-up I did on my own)…
Moral: If YOUR car repair goes easy and in fact IS easy…Thank your God/Higher Power/Pontiff/Guru/Statue/or whatever-floats-your-boat thingy that it went so well.
Because NEXT time – it just might not.