grizzlyzone: (- Check Engine)
Caller: "Mr. Zone? This is Chris over at the service department of University Ford-Isuzu. We ran the error codes on your Isuzu, and found an unplugged vacuum line."

"Having the CHECK ENGINE light on, is 'normal'", she said. "It's nothing that we did to your truck," she said.

'Scuse me, TK. You've been pwned!
grizzlyzone: (- Isuzu Pickup)
All fixed. This month the truck has had four new shocks/struts, a new distributor and even threw in some new plugs and some spark plug wires. Truck is VERY happy.

Oh, and for the record, the distributor on the 1995 Isuzu pickup truck still has a rotor, still has a cap - there's just no mention of points.
grizzlyzone: (- Isuzu Pickup)
It appears that the mechanics over at Tire King changed both the rear shocks and the front struts on the truck.

But, something's not right. The front end of the truck feels uncharacteristically "light" and "loose". And, it's not just because I have a load of furniture in the back.
grizzlyzone: (- Isuzu Pickup)
RING! RING! RING!

GRIZ: Hello?
TIRE KING: Mr. Zone? This is Diane over at the Tire King. Your truck is ready.

G: You're doing this all wrong.
TK: Pardon?
G: You're supposed to tell me that I need an oil change or something.
TK: I couldn't in good conscience do that. Do you want us to do an oil change?
G: Please.
TK: And, rotate the tires?
G: That would be nice.
TK: What about the brakes?
G: You better take a look at them. They have 180,000 miles on them.
TK: Oh my goodness.
G: Yeah. Take a look at 'em.
TK: Alrighty then. We'll get' er done.
G: Thank you.



RING! RING! RING!

GRIZ: Hello?
TIRE KING: Mr. Zone? This is Steven over at the Tire King. Your truck is ready.
G: How much was it?
TK: $335.00. We replaced two shocks, rotated the tires, gave it an oil change and checked out the brakes. They were fine.
G: I have 180,000 miles on those brakes.
TK: You must be an excellent driver.
G: Thank you.
grizzlyzone: (- Isuzu Pickup)
I put the truck in the shop this morning. Nothing "major". It's just that the ride has gotten a bit "bouncy" as of late, and I'm thinking that after 180,000 miles, I just might need a new set of shocks. (These would be the first replacement set.)

The first clutch went at 150,000 miles, shocks at 180,000 miles. Still no word at when the brakes might need replacement.

It's been a good truck.


The logic of buying that truck was that as it's a truck and not a car, it should have parts that were a bit more durable than car parts. (It's certainly seemed to be the case.)

Now, as I start to ramp up for my next vehicle, I'm wondering if I should still go with a small truck, being that they're both as durable and aerodynamic as a brick, or should I go with s small trendy station wagon like a Honda Element/Honda Element SC/Scion xB/Scion xD/Toyota Matrix/Dodge Caliber?
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Tire King called. The truck is ready. Besides the clogged condensate drain, there was a burned lower resistor and a melted wire.

Eliminating the technical jargon, the truck needed a cash transfusion to the tune of $275.00.

Uh-Oh.

Aug. 10th, 2007 12:38 pm
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I drive a '95 Isuzu pick-up with over 176,000 miles on it. I generally ride alone, so the passenger seat tends to collect debris - old soda cans, fast food wrappers, cast iron weights, miscellaneous papers, etc.

I recently cleaned out the passenger compartment and things were... well, wet. The last couple of days, a hard left turn would see about a cup of water pour out of the bottom of the dash onto the floor below. (WTF?!) But, judging from the mess in the footwells on the passenger side, this didn't just start last week.

One possibility is that I have a leak in the heater core. But, I've had that happen before on other cars and I'm not getting that greasy mist coating the inside of my windshield, nor the choking glycol-laden fumes from the coolant.

I'm thinking maybe the air vent intake drain is clogged with leaves and other debris, and that's collecting water from the lawn sprinklers at night. How one cleans that out is anyone's guess.

UPDATE: After stopping at the grocery store, the vent fan is dead. One hundred and four degrees was the official temperature yesterday, and I have no ventilation, no A/C inside the truck, a humidifying "pond" in the passenger's footwell and a very soggy carpet. Wonderful. (I'm suspecting a wet, rusted and shorted vent fan - amongst other things.) 

UPDATE: The current theory is that the condensation drain is clogged and that the water is condensation off the air conditioner coil. That condensation flooded the fan, which may have rusted.

In any event, every time I need a part, I'm told that the mechanic spent the day on the phone and managed to get the last one in North America. It's being floiwn in, but will costs me $1,000 for parts and labor to replace it. 

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