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First of all I need to apologize for being gone for so long. It was related to the truck so I hope you will understand. Since I last posted about the repair, I installed the manifold gaskets and got everything back together. I had to look at a lot of my pictures and notes but it wasn’t too bad. It even looked better that it looked before I started.

Once I started the truck it was another story. It started up straight away, but I hear a loud hissing vacuum sound coming from the passenger side of the engine near the front. Now the engine doesn’t idle high like it did before and I am quite pleased about that. I am left perplexed about this and am starting to wonder if I have come to the limits of what I know how to do. That may be quite possible as I’ve said before, I am not a mechanic, I only play one on TV. No seriously. I know I don’t have any of the experience and only a little of the know how. I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed this process and have learned a ton of things about this truck and how engines in general work that I didn’t know. Doing this repair has given me a sense of appreciation for mechanics. Especially the ones who really love this type of work. It is dirty and grimy and the variables of what could be wrong with a complex machine like a modern day automobile seem endless. I know my limits and am just trying to learn more by doing.

I do have one thing holding me back. Well maybe a couple of things. Since I already know how to take all this apart, I’m tempted to go back and try to figure where the hissing vacuum sound is coming from. I might have to take it to a shop to get the timing checked and cleared with one of their scanners but I definitely want to drive it their under its own power. After all this work having it towed to a shop doesn’t sound intriguing at all.

So here I am. Tempted to take all the guts off the engine again, and hopefully find where I may have missed and where that vacuum leak is coming from. It took nearly two weeks of working at it in the evenings and a bit on the weekends to get it apart and back together, but I don’t feel it would take more than a day or two to do it again. Heck…I just did it right.

On the other hand is this just my EGO talking. Keeping me from going to a mechanic and asking for help. I asked myself that often during this repair. With most things that I take on, I like to exhaust all things that are within my capabilities before I relinquish the reins to someone else. If I’m able to learn something and give it a try; why not.

As I write this, my heart is telling me to go back and take the repair apart and see if I can tell what is the problem. If I find nothing and put it all together again and end up right where I am now, I’ve really only wasted a bit of time. With this repair, it really isn’t time wasted though. With each turn of a wrench, or snapping of an electrical connector, I learn something and that intrigues me. I never took an auto mechanic class although I always wanted to. If nothing else than to learn some of the basics.

I’ll let you know in the next post what direction I went. Pray I went the right way at that fork in the road.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

Many people don’t think about this beforehand and then find themselves stuck in this very situation. With a little foresight and planning you may just be able to get out from under the problem without any hurt or harm coming to you and yours.

Picture this scenario. I pack up my family and tell them we are going to a festival at the Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. We decide to take a bit of a scenic route and drive our car towards downtown through various neighborhoods on Woodward Ave, which goes from Pontiac to downtown Detroit. Now if you’ve ever been where I’m speaking of, you know that there are parts of this street that have some of the nicest homes and small businesses that don’t make you feel nervous at all. Then there are other parts, “the hood”, where you better watch your back and the persons beside you as well. I use this location as an example, but let’s be real. There are parts of most cities that most of us wouldn’t be caught in if we had a choice.

Now imagine, if while we are driving through the rough part and our car breaks down. Now I know what is probably going through your mind. You may be thinking, I’ll just use my cell phone and call for help or call AAA or something like that. I admit in a pinch that is your best option. And it’s always good to have options. What if I tried all of that and nothing worked. NOTHING. Now I’m stuck with my family in our car, in a neighborhood I know nothing about and I might need to walk to get some help. How are you going to do it. I’ll give you three words: Act As If.

Act as if, walking in this neighborhood, is as normal as the sun coming up in the east in the morning. Act as if, there is nothing to be nervous about and you can get to your destination or find that help you need.

You may want all of you to stay together if you have to leave the car. If that is the case, make a point to blend into the surroundings as best as possible. Look around at the people walking around in the neighborhood. How are their clothes fitting, colors worn, etc. Do all that you can to make yourself and the members of your family look like you belong in that neighborhood. If you are a family group but you don’t see other entire family groups walking around, keep that in mind. You can split up and walk on different sides of the seat or one group ahead of the other to give more space and bring less attention to yourselves. Use your imagination, but by all means don’t forget to, act as if. If you have little kids, make a game of pretend of the experience and have them be little actors.

No matter how difficult the situation may appear, the mental aspect of it can carry you through. If you believe that you can get through it, more than likely that is just how it will happen.

Remember…you don’t have choice to quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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