I spent a good deal of the day yesterday doing some vehicle maintenance on both cars that were due for oil changes.
My wife's was only 75 miles overdue, mine?
Before I hear of bunch of people freaking out and calling me a lazy bastard, I had a pretty bad oil leak at one time and was dumping a quart of oil in the fucker on a regular basis until I got it fixed so that isn't a true picture of the condition of the oil.
As a matter of fact, it was still cleaner than the stuff in the wife's car.
So anyway, I like to do my own oil changes still, because I can.
It's not that much cheaper than some of those quickie oil change places and it's a hell of a lot messier, plus I'd like to get my hands on the asshole who designed the engine in my wife's car.
That one is a real bitch.
Besides all that, it gives me a chance to lay eyes on things, looking for problems that haven't manifested themselves yet.
So I get all done and pull mine out and move it over to get hers in.
Got all done and then had to snake a drain line for the washing machine.
After that it was kick back time.
I go out and get in my rig today to run down to the store real quick and when I get out, I see a trail of liquid behind my car.
I went in and when I came out I took a closer look. First I stuck my finger in it to make sure it wasn't just water.
Oh, hell no, it's fresh oil.
I slide under the thing enough to put my hand on the filter to make sure it's tight, which it is but there is oil just running off the fucker and there is already a puddle under it.
I got home and see a trail leading out of the driveway into the street and a puddle in the driveway too.
I whipped in and snagged a drip pan to throw under it and a pair of channel locks.
The filter is tight.
I took it off anyway to look at the gasket. It's good too. I put the damn thing back on and opened the hood to start looking around.
Way in the back on top of the transmission bell housing is all wet.
I reached in and started the engine to be greeted by a fucking geyser spraying up underneath my distributor!
I know there is an oil sending unit for the gauge down on the side of the block because that was where one of the previous leaks was coming from and I replaced it.
I get a flashlight out and take a closer look and sure as shit, there is another sending unit for the oil pressure, this one must be for the idiot light.
They are called that because whatever went wrong bad enough to cause that light to come on means it's too late, idiot.
Just out of the blue it decided to take a shit when I started it up today.
Did I mention it's right directly under the distributor?
From experience, I happen to know that it takes a special socket to remove and install them too.
Yes, I have one.
This is because some clever fucking bastard engineer thought it was a good idea that some people not be able to take them out.
Just for good measure, they put it right under the distributor which means they want you to take that out, to use their special socket.
Fuck you, Mr. Asshole engineer, I have been to Grandma's house before.
Let me introduce you to my friend, Mr. Knipex Cobra Pliers.
I have two sizes of these wicked little units.Neither of which were cheap.
The big set was $75 and the little set was $40, twenty years ago when they first came out, from a Snap On Dealer.
They have saved my ass many times.
There was just barely enough room under the distributor and between it and the hump in the firewall for the bell housing, to get the little set in there and get the damn thing out.
Of course then I had to go get a new one and clean up a huge mess but I can check that one off the list.
I am just very thankful I didn't go to work today. I would have found this problem out on the freeway, when that little red Idiot Light came on.
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