datsunaholic Posted February 8, 2011 Report Share Posted February 8, 2011 2 weeks ago the fuel pump on my DD failed. Still worked kinda, but wasn't flowing enough volume to pull hills at freeway speeds. Replaced with OEM pump, all better. Saturday I'm headed home after taking a load of stuff up to my Barn (100 miles away) and visiting my Grandma until midnight (who else has 87-year old grandparents that stay up until past Midnight and still go to church at 9AM the next day? I can only dream of being that active at 87). So it's 1AM on I-5 and aside from getting passed by some idiot slaloming traffic at 100mph, there wasn't much going on. Until I hear a loud BANG and something banging off the floor and gas tank as it exits the truck. Since nothing seemed out of the ordinary, I figured I must have hit some debris. That or the air pump tensioner finally fell off, since it siezed a week ago and I pulled the belt. Well, when I slow down for my exit all of a sudden my fan belt starts screaming. Lights go dimmer, so I shut off the heater and the wipers. No difference. It stops squealing when I'm at idle, but give it even a little off idle and SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. It's raining, I'm 2 miles from home, screw it if the belt comes off it comes off. It made it home fine, so I pop the hood, look in, the alternator is sitting sideways. Both lower bolts, gone. Not broke off, gone. It's 1:00AM I'm not dealing with this. Sunday decide, well, probably should get the 510 running in case I need it. Has a flat tire, which went flat last week at work. My spare was flat, had no jack OR lug wrench, but had an air compressor so just aired it up. It's flat again, so better fix it. Pull hubcap off, well, whadda you know, only 2 FRIGGING LUG NUTS! I've only had the bloody car 7 years, and apparently I've never pulled this hub cap off. I know I've had both rears off since I changed both those tires, and the driver's side didn't have hubcaps, so this is great. Pull wheel, notice brake rotor is grooved to death. Pads are worn out. That's what I get for not inspecting them for 7 years. Usually they quit working by that point... I know I checked the other side, and there was lots of pad. Hmm. In my defense, the car has sat more than ran since it's always pissing me off by having carb jet fouling issues. Only spare tire I have is a 155 off my old B210, and I can't drive it with no brakes so I put the tiny 155 on and order new pads off Rockauto. Get 2 sets to be sure, since they had clearance 50% off ones in stock. Air up the flat tire to look for a leak, it's coming out the sidewall. Right through the side, it should have split entirely. Got lucky there. Then fix alternator bracket on truck, but my spare parts are in Monroe. Joy. Hunt for bolts, have to steal off a spare engine. Today, when leaving work the truck starts funny. Starter made a bad grinding noise. Never did that before. It had been starting hard, so maybe getting weak. Stopped at a place to grab dinner, came out, starter just makes the grinding noise and won't crank. Can hear the starter spin up. Dammit. Pop hood... starter in HANGING off the back of the engine. Maybe 2 threads on the upper bolt are still screwed in. Fortunately have socket set, will travel, so tightened it back up. Bottom bolt was gone, so have to get another. Usually I have a hell of a time getting bolts to come loose, but these are coming out all by themselves. Guess it's time to go through the whole truck tightening stuff. This is what I get for putting 40,000 miles on a truck in 15 months, that had had 2500 miles the prior 12 years. Quote Link to comment
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