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09-17-2012, 12:19 AM #1
did a big project today, but not on my truck!
I just got my new injectors in friday and couldnt wait to put them on sunday, but....
well my little brother and mom were coming down to stay for the weekend to help with babysitting while i had to work on saturday, so naturally they pulled up outside and me and my son walked out there to see if they needed any help unpacking the car (2001 ford excursion, 7.3 diesel).
My little brother asked me to look at something cause he was hearing squeaking under the hood, so he popped it, and the first thing i think of is pulleys for squeaking. I was amazed at what i saw, the whole engine fan and pulley was wobbling terribly(obviously bad bearings), so i told him to shut it off, he said he heard it in san antonio before driving 160 miles down here, i couldnt believe it lasted.
So i figured it would be an easy fix...wrong!!!
called a local auto parts store and ran to pick up the engine fan pulley(water pump pully so it was called)and when we got to the store just talked to the guy as he was looking up the part and he showed me a picture and said the pulley has NO bearings in it. he said he had a friends with the same problem before on the same engine, and it was the water pump. the pulley just bolts onto the water pump and it has the bearings that went bad. so it quickly went from a $55.00 part to a $150.00 part now :/
well we got the part that night and he started taking everything apart while i worked all day saturday and of course had to deal with 2 stripped bolts of which we could find nowhere.
we ended up putting the new one on today, put the gasket it and some rvt to make a nice seal and bolted everything back up.
finally came time to put the antifreeze in and start it up. BUT after 2 gallons of antifreeze were poured in, i noticed a stream of coolant flowing onto the ground, and realized it was leaking from the water pump
my little brother felt around and found the gasket hanging outunderneath the water pump!!! after i told him to be careful when putting the pump in to make sure the gasket is in place... i guess he didnt look and the bottom of the gasket fell out of the groove and he didnt notice it even once he tightened it down...
so once again had to unbolt everything, coolant reservoir, all hoses, serpentine belt, fan shroud, fan, pulley, and pump. very nice way to kill an entire day. we also had to go buy another gasket, since tightening the pump down over the gasket severed it. try number 2. success!
this time it didnt leak, and hopefully it stays that way. at least enough to get them safely back to san antonio tomorrow since they had to stay an extra day due to the repair taking longer than expected.
needless to say, my injectors will have to wait another week :/
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09-17-2012, 12:25 AM #2
And what did your little brother do as a show of appreciation for burning an entire weekend to help him ... especially when one day of it was caused by his carelessness on the very gasket you had warned him about?
09-17-2012, 12:33 AM #3
09-17-2012, 12:53 AM #4
09-17-2012, 01:02 AM #5
Don't ya hate it when this happens? My brother had the same thing happen to him but he stopped because some Mexican woman who had 4 children was stranded on the side of a LOOOONG highway through a BIIIG swamp due to...the water pump. It was a Chevy Tahoe, but, being made in Mexico, it was some Espanish word instead of Tahoe...you ever try finding a water pump at 12:30 AM to fit a Tahoe-o; it ain't fun.
She was headed to Lake Charles when the truck overheated and she shut it off. We started it back my parent's, knocked like CRAZY. I followed her from Gonzales, all the way to Lake Charles where she was going that night and day with no other problem-os
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09-17-2012, 10:42 PM #6
well turns out it wasnt fixed after all, phone call after phone call today as my mom and brother were headed back to san antonio, that it was still leaking like crazy.
Corpus christi is mile marker-0
san antonio(exit to get on 37-S)-141
they had to stop at 85 because prctically all the antifreeze was gone, then again at my uncles outside san antonio when it was empty again. my uncle is a mechanic that does body work all day every day (collision repair type stuff and all other work he wants too) so my mom figured that hed be the guy to go to, to find the leak and what do you know after they filled it up with water and looked around they found it!
my little brother put the rubber gasket for the thermostat UNDERNEATH the thermostat, its supposed to go on top...
that mistake cause an entire antifreeze reservoir to completely empty twice in 150 miles, even with RTV sealant on it.
well they got another gasket and fixed it real quick and my mom finally made it to work and him to school.
supposedly they are seeing anymore leaks, but pray to god its fixed...
i love my little brother, but JEEEEZZZZ!!!!!!!!
2 mistakes like this... he always wants to be like me but it seems hes got a ways to go, especially with some more common sense....
i just hope everything else is put on right
09-17-2012, 11:14 PM #7
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Well its a learning experience for some. I was always impatient, but i burned out an engine when i didn't get an oil pan on properly and that taught me an important lesson to do the job right the first tine.
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