8:00 AM: I’m starting off the day trying to figure the problem out with the truck and these spark plugs. And I may have found the problem. I think it’s the wrong set of plugs. You’d think the guy at the counter would have some knowledge as to what he’s selling you but I’ve trusted too much in that. It would seem he’s wrong.
(Further on I’ll be talking about O’Reilly’s. I didn’t get the bad plugs from there. – Credit where credit is due.)
I’ll be taking off to the parts place with a little more knowledge this time and the manual and truck info to back me up.
But first, church.
I’m at O’Reilly Auto Parts and my man Chuck here confirmed part of a problem. I was sold single platinum plugs instead of double platinum plugs at the other parts place. The plug in five split and is causing misfire. These plugs couldn’t handle the workload.
We may be onto something…
1:00 PM: I got back home, stepped out of the car and directly to the truck. I went to work on replacing the plugs.
I started at one and went to six. I didn’t pull a wire until I had the previous one gap checked, greased and seated. That fifth cylinder misfire was because of these old plugs. That would be number five in the lineup pictured above. Absolutely the wrong equipment for the application.
2:14 PM: After about an hour I was back on the road but it wasn’t all rainbows and roses, no. The battery had died and a cell had went bad so I was off to another O’Reilly’s to see about a new battery.
The truck isn’t cutting back like it was and no check engine light. No misfire. This, for me, is huge! I love my truck but it has to be usable to stick around.
At this point I was only into this little adventure for blood, sweat, and $32.00 USD. I was dreading having to shell out for a new battery. They aren’t outrageous but they aren’t cheap either. And this battery was only a year old.
But then I guess there was a bit of “whiskers on kittens“. Turns out the battery I bought a year ago was under a two year warranty at O’Reilly’s. Those fellas helped me out big time to day.
A BIG SHOUT OUT to O’Reilly’s and to their employees. Gene and Jim in Camden, SC and Chuck in Lancaster, SC. They were super helpful and knowledgeable today.
And also, I’m thanking God. It’s getting hot and there’s no air in the Escape. The Ranger has super cold air. I prayed over the truck last night hoping that this was the problem. I needed it and it was granted. So thank you Lord for the hands and mind to work the problem and the grace to let this happen.
5:50 PM: I haven’t eaten all day. I was all about getting this done. And now it’s almost supper time.
Time to shower, eat, and relax. Tomorrow’s Monday.
This has been thrown off the rails for quite some time. I’ve been having engine problems that I couldn’t figure out, but I think I may have sorted the problem.
It has to do with the plugs.
They’re gapped wrong OR there’s a specific type for each side. A thing I’ve never seen or come across, ever (the specific type, not the gapping). At least that’s what it’s saying in my owners manual. So I gotta take a peek at the plugs in there now.
If that solves the misfire it will be so much easier than what is next in line. Changing out a bad fuel injector. Something I’m not qualified for but am willing to take a swing at.
I’m out of luck as far as A/C goes this week on the Escape. It’s the only real problem we’ve had with the car.
I took it to my guy, Mr. Bruce. He’s pretty good with stuff like this. We didn’t figure it out today and I have to take it back Friday, but still a good two hours jawing and wrenching with two other old fellas.
We talked about what has changed in our little town, where what used to be, how we don’t recognize a lot of the faces in town anymore.
We talked about our families and people who have passed. It’s weird to sit and talk to a man who was in grade school with my grandfather.
Anyway, another day another problem. This too shall pass.
Me and Sam haven’t recorded in a minute. I don’t think he has realized it, he’s off doing his thing with video games and what not.
I haven’t pushed it. I’ve been going through some stuff.
Depression, I’m guessing.
I’ve been letting work wear me down instead of dragging work up. I’ve been letting people bother me instead of getting the better of (and out of) them.
This has been going on for several weeks. And I’m really just now realizing it.
Life can sneak up on you, quickly.
The trick is to keep your head on a swivel, then you don’t get surprised.
I don’t know what I have to be depressed about. I have a decent job, great family, food in my pantry. I’m pretty much blessed.
A roof over my head. We just got the roof recovered. It had it first real test yesterday because of it raining all day. The difference in a twenty plus year old roof and a new roof is extremely noticeable. It was pouring last night and I walked out into the garage and you couldn’t really hear it inside. That’s a great thing. Good job on those fellas.
So now that I know where I’m at it’s time to change direction and get out of this funk.
I’m thinking while I’m writing this I may as well make it a solo episode.