Posted By Ed B

If you were here in more than textuality, I would offer you an IBC Cream Soda to celebrate my good fortune!

I've had issues with my truck for a couple months now.
First the brakes.
I had guessed accurately that my problem lay in the MASTER CYLINDER! This was the nefarious arch-villain and nemesis of Tom Terrific.
Since my wife isn't driving right now, she insists I take her car to work.
Well, now that it getting less boating out, I'm getting ready to replace the section of quarter panel that got mildly damaged last winter, so I need the truck.
After I got the brakes good, a loud squeal began from the fan belt a couple three, weeks ago,
The recently new belt had shredded itself.
I put another belt on it and a tensioner after that. A wierd sound continued and I guessed that it was the idler which I had replaced a couple years ago. and which should not have gone bad.
Yet when I took it off and pulled the seal off the side of the bearing, there was: NO GREASE!
The noise I heard was a mix of squealing and bearing rumble.
The new idler got rid of most of the noise and I wondered where the rest was coming from.
I then returned to the hood with a spray botle of WD-40 and sprayed the belt.
Squeal gone!!!

Joy! Joy!


I record mp3s of talk radio daily on my home computer. There are times I wish I could access these at work. I have remoted into my computer from work and e-mailed myself some of the files, but it's clunky.

Today I remembered a free (I love free) application/service called Dropbox that my pastor had told me about (thanks Gregg!).
Sure enough, I can set up my recording software to save to the dropbox folder and access the mp3s from any where on the planet. They even go to my Blackberry, on which I can listen to them!

Joy! Joy!

 

Lastly.

I have discovered that Rainex (a wiper fluid I cannot over-reccomend) can build up residue, making you think you have to buy another premature set of wiper blades.
Yet Isopropyl alcohol will remove this buildup an your blades will wipe as new!

Joy! Joy!


And so, as the sun sinks slowly into the sunset, I bid you a fair adieu, smooth sailing and pleasant dreams.


 
2 Comment(s):
Joe said...
Alas, it is too late. Running the bearing without lube for even a few rotations has done permanent and irrepairable (is that a word?) damage to the bearing. It will fail prematurely. That is also likely the cause of the belt shredding. I do not know anything about cars or engines, but I have been in the manufacture and sales of bearings for more than 20 years. The number one cause of bearing failure in any application is lack of lubrication.
September 13, 2011 08:58:27
 
Rita said...
Cream Soda? Ooooh. Yuck. Thanks but no thanks. I'd rather kiss my ugly toe. And yes, even at my old age I am still able to flex enough to do that. Tell Sherie that, since she seemed to be interested in my ugly toe story.
September 12, 2011 10:59:12
 
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