Friday, March 16, 2007

Vehicular Drama 5: Bonus Drama

As discussed earlier, the car was in the shop this week while I was away. The work seemed simple enough: replace some worn CV boot covers before they tear through. The mechanic was certain that they would survive the trip - but I wanted to be completely safe.

When I arrived at the shop yesterday afternoon, the mechanic looked slightly pale as he said "I'm glad you didn't take the trip [with the boots like that]."

It turns out that one of the previous owners of the car had injected oil instead of grease into the CV joints, causing them to seize up badly. It was only a matter of time before they failed completely, destroying the rear end of the car. Luckily, by attempting to change the boot covers, we found the problem.

The half-shafts are getting rebuilt, and hopefully I can have the car back on Saturday afternoon, just in time for another visit with schoolchildren (next Wednesday, we'll be discussing biofuels with 250 5th graders in Stoughton, WI).

Vehicular Drama 4
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Vehicular Drama 2
Vehicular Drama 1

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