We blog to vent sometimes, right?
You may remember two different topics I've posted about.
One, my truck overheating.
Two, my Family Room flooding.
So today, I'm tearing out more stuff in prep for remodeling.
Paneling, walls, stuff.
I get a call from the auto shop.
My truck is done.
Let me preface by saying, my truck started to overheat once more a couple weeks after I "fixed" it.
Same pattern, might head towards H (hot) and then come back down to normal and stay there for the rest of the drive home (20 minutes).
Then last week it hit hot and stayed there and blew the head gaskets.
I did not have time to do the repair myself.
When I put this motor in last winter, I put in a new water pump.
This last summer, the pump wore out a bearing.
I returned it and got a new one.
Less than eight months ago.
Today when the shop (Eagle Automotive) called (they worked on Saturday to finish it for me without charging any more than if it had been done on Friday which they had told me they hoped it would be done, when they could have waited til Monday) they told me that they changed the water pump also, because the fins were rotted away, and that's why I blew the head gasket.
I've been driving the Taurus (same 3.0 motor) to work and back daily while the truck is in the shop.
A couple years ago, it blew the head gaskets because, as my brother Tom discovered, the water pump fins had rotted away. This led to catastrophic overheating on a 100+ summer day.
Well, as I've been driving the Taurus these cold winter days, I notice that when I idle, the temperature stays the same on the heat gauge, but the air coming out of the vent turns cold.
I've suspected, but could not believe, that the water pump was going bad again, not circulating enough coolant through the heater to provide warmth, unless the engine was revving faster.
I'll be changing that water pump soon, right after I finish this Family Room, which after tearing the drywall off a wall I intended to remove, we decided to keep the wall there after all.
There's a benefit. I can leave the ceiling intact (less work), and not remove the stud wall (less work),
and I only have to rehang the door and some drywall.
And I can use the flooring I bought for another project that wouldn't quite cover the floor as planned.
Man that water pump thing bugs me.
Thanks for listening.