Friday, September 21, 2007

grease and manhood

as a non-mechanic, there is something profoundly gratifying and affirming about successfully getting your dead car back on the road again. two years ago i did the alternator on my toyota tercell and it was an easy job, two wires and two bolts, no problem. a honda alternator has two wires and two bolts as well, so i took those off, no problem. the only difference is the alternator on the honda is located deep inside the engine and once i got the part removed, i could not get it out. it was like a kid in juvy. the internet said either the break master cylinder or the right-driver axle had to be removed- categories i don't operate in. but one guy online said it was possible another way- so a tire, a plastic casing that covers the belts, other random wires, a brackets later and lots of screws later... i houdinied the thing out through the bottom. some people get grease up to their elbows when they work on their cars; i was washing it out of my armpits when i was done. needless to say, the job took me 4 hrs and she fired right up. i just wanted to tell the whole world- the guys from "car talk" would be proud.

7 comments:

chris said...

i'm proud of you, grease monkey.

Aaron said...

i'm sure this job was not without its profanities... yet you conquered the beast. well done...

pedro said...

Nice job phnil. I just reminisced my own mechanical experiences and tried to post, but the damn blogger ate what I wrote.

Josué Blanco said...

My ADD thanks you for the links.

pedro said...

Hey - I thought the Hippie in las montanas de Oaxaca was driving a Beetle . . .

elnellis said...

oh, i guess i forgot to mention i'm back, my car broke down a few days after i returned...
are you a daddy yet? i keep loosing track of the date!
p

Swift said...

Phil,
This post made me laugh out loud multiple times as I clicked on the links. I may steal that idea. Well done changing the alternator- I had to do that once, but I had an excelent mechanic helping me. It's getting to the point that if a wire goes out in your engine they'll just replace the whole thing. At least they will here in the US. In Latin America they'll still fix it for you with fish hooks and solder.