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When it comes to what’s really going on behind the scenes, I’ve never been one to really speak out. What goes on inside my head has always been too torturous to want to share with anyone. Although the desire is there, the ability to open up on that level, to anyone, has never seemed to exist.
Sometimes we put up walls, not to block people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. anonymous
So far, those that can even pickup on what’s going on is few, and of the ones willing to go that far are non-existent. I really don’t know how to interpret this. It’s sort of saddening to me. Not recognizing what my posts are really saying shows me a complete lack of interest. Not even inquiring about them, by the ones that do see what’s being said, shows complete apathy. Neither of these traits are desirable in a friend. Regardless of their reasoning, the end-statement is the same: they really don’t care enough. Those that may feel the need to act after reading this, are also in error. As they will be acting in guilt, rather than in genuine concern. But, what hurts the most, is when I really try to open up to someone who appears to have an honest interest and concern, and they can’t, or won’t, put forth the extra effort it takes to break that wall, and actually help. It makes me feel as though I have really failed at choosing wisely whom to call friend.
Sometimes I push people away, not because I don’t want them in my life, but to see if they will still stand by me, and prove to me that they do care enough to be a part of my life.
Another of my quirks, it seems, is when I grow silent and distant. Granted, there are times when I just want to be alone. More often than not, though, it’s because I want to see who will give up and walk away, and to see which will stand by me, and prove to me that they are worth being a part of my life. I’m very demanding on my friends about loyalty. Because such virtues are so precious and important to me, I tend to put my friends to tests that would push most people away permanently. I don’t know why I feel this is so necessary, I only know that I want to make sure they are deserving of the kind of loyalty and love I give them in return. I have literally given the shirt off my back to save someone. More than one occasion, I’ve placed my life in jeopardy for others. This is the kind of friend I am. Yeah, I annoy and piss-off my friends. It’s a small price to pay for the rewards. My actions aren’t always the right ones, however, the intentions behind them are of the highest character. This can be attested to by anyone that truly knows me.
As I’ve already exceeded my comfort level with this post, I’m going to cut it short now. I hope, in some way, it helps to explain a little more about the person that seems to always surprise everyone.
With any luck, I should be able to pick up my car this evening from the shop. I think the guys at AAS did me right. The grand total for the repairs is only $475, which isn’t bad at all considering what’s got to be done. A fairly good portion of the cost is labor, of course, but it is still about half of what I projected it to be. The only reason I had the shop do it, instead of doing it myself, is that I don’t have the time or the special tools required to do the job myself.
So, you’re wondering what’s so special about the pump that I didn’t just do it myself? Good question, first, it’s location. The pump is located inside the engine in the timing chamber, instead of outside. Normal cars have the water pump fairly accessible, and located on the outside of the engine, driven off the serpentine belt. In the case of the Intrepid, it’s located inside the engine, driven by the timing belt. In order to get to it and replace it, several preparatory steps must be taken:
1. Disconnect the negative remote wire. This will effectively remove the power from the car.
2. Remove the cross-member support for the front of the car.
3. vacuum the a/c line to remove the freon.
4. Bleed the transmission cooling system.
5. Drain the primary cooling system.
6. Remove the A/C condenser, transmission cooler, and radiator.
7. Loosen tensioners and remove drive and serpentine belts.
8. Remove the main drive pulley wheel.
9. Remove the A/C compressor, and set aside.
10. Remove the power steering pump and set aside.
11. Remove the bolts from the cover plate on the timing section of the engine.
12. Mark location of both left and right timing cams.
13. Mark location of cam shaft.
14. Insert restriction pins in timing cams so they don’t move.
15. Remove the timing belts.
16. Remove the bolts holding the water pump in place.
17. Carefully remove the water pump assembly.
18. Remove gasket and any gasket sealer on the engine where the water pump is located. Be careful not to mar or pit the area.
19. Inspect the water pump housing area for debris.
20. Flush the cooling area with a hose, being careful to collect residual coolant.
21. Prep the new water pump and the pump housing are with gasket sealant.
22. Place new gasket on the new water pump, and attach it to the engine.
23. Bolt the water pump back in, tightening the bolts to the torque specifications.
25. Reassemble the engine and systems by reversing the order of disassembly 1-15, starting with step 15.
26. Replace freon in the A/C system to specs.
27, Refill transmission fluid to proper levels.
28. Refill coolant to proper levels following the engine flush procedure.
29. Run engine until normal running temperature is reached, inspecting for coolant leaks during the procedure.
The entire procedure will take between 6 to 8 hours, given they have all of the necessary parts and tools readily on-hand. Although I am capable of charging the A/C system, I don’t have the vacuum required to drain the system in the disassembly steps. The pulley remover needed is also not in my tool inventory, yet. Without a lift system, this would also increase the time it would take me to do the repairs myself, effectively doubling the time needed.