A quiet start to the day yestrday. Manny was off to Eugene for his doctor's appt and to have Connie's Lincoln MKX serviced. Connie would ordinarily go with him but she is still not up to snuff. Eric was off to the GMC dealer at 1pm to see if they could figure out what was going on with all the noise under the hood. As I said earlier, the pulleys have all been replaced including the tensioner as well as replacing the already new serpentine belt. After an hour waiting at GM in the waiting room the mechanic came out to talk to Eric and show him under the hood. He said there was nothing wrong with the compressor and it was just belt noise. Eric said he knew it was belt noise but where was it comiing from? A discussion took place and Eric said he had to keep looking and figure it out...at this point another mechanic was listening and he came over to see what was up. He said he'd get his mirror and take a look and the first guy disappeared after telling Eric he had to go back to the waiting room. Some time later the second mechanic came out to talk to Eric. Turns out that the power steering pulley had walked itself out of line and was causing all the belt noise. He pulled off all the plastic housing above it so he could get a bolt in and tighten it up. Now quiet and Eric was beyond relieved. Obviously this young very good mechanic had seen this before and it turns out to be a common problem. They could tear it all apart and replace it to the tune of $300 but it could just happen again. At least Eric now knows what he would have to do to fix it. Eric then said I owe you a beer, the mechanic said we accept beer and so Eric gave him an 18 pack because he was so happy it was fixed Once again...never a dull moment.
I hung out with Connie for the day and Mitzi entertained us. Dinner last night was ribs a la Manny and they were delicious. An early night to bed.
It's a bit warmer today and the wind isn't quite so cold.
Today Eric is taking the truck to get a new set of tires which is really irritating him as the tires would last another few years at home but we are not driving into Mexico and having a flat tire. It's only money...right!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
So...we were home by about 3pm and Eric and Manny had a listen to the noise under the hood. It appears to be coming from the A/C that we had repaired this summer at home. Maybe the clutch. Now what? Eric will try phoning our GMC dealer at home who did the repairs and see what they have to say. It was expensive as the compressor, belt etc. were all replaced in July to the tune of $1750.00 and there should be some recourse. Also along with that our tire saga continues. The truck tires have plently of rubber but the last alignment that was done wasn't right and they are worn on the outside. Another alignment was done but once a tire starts wearing funny ....it keeps wearing funny. So ....probably a new set of tires for the truck along with another alignment. This was never a problem with the previous two sets of Michelins but ...now it is.
Never a dull moment! Tomorrow is another day. Manny is off to Eugene for a specialist appointment and a car servicing and Eric and I will stay home. Connie will likely be in bed.
Eric really wishes he had the shop...not likely to happen.
Up early yesterday and down to the breakfast room at the motel. Pretty darn nice, waffles, eggs, sausages as well as toast, cereal fruit etc. I struggled with the waffle maker but a nice young lady gave me a hand! On the road by 7:30 am with 400 miles to go. Above on our way out of town.
We had a lovely evening with Connie and Manny. Downside is that Connie is really sick with a cold that she picked up on the plane on her way home from Hawaii. She'd gone over to visit her son and family and the same thing happened last year when she traveled there. Poor thing!
The other problem is that the squeak under the hood is back after spending $250 to change the serpentine belt and idler tensioner...dam! Must be something else.
It's cold here in Coos Bay and it went down to freezing last night.