Hello everyone…Mike and I were at the flea market this morning so I am a bit late. Today's story is about some van work that needed to be done.
Last by year we had a squeaking noise in the van. We took it to Dodge and they told us it was two different things. One was the rear bearing on our drive shaft and the second was our starter. Mike told them to change the bearing because there was no way it was the starter. So $700.00 later we had a new bearing and no problems until last month and the squeaking started again.
We went back to Dodge and they told us we needed a "front" bearing and a new transmission for a over $3000.00. By now Mike was a little ticked at the Dodge dealer and we picked up the van…again there was no way it was the transmission. It seems this dealer wants to add a big ticket item each time you bring a vehicle in for repair when there is no way for the average person to the check the work.
Mike did some checking and calling around and found out that our original drive shaft had a problem and was defective. I'm sure Dodge knew about this problem but they were going to milk it for all they could get. Mike decided we could do it ourselves….so that is what we did.
Mike called around and found a new drive shaft for our van with a lifetime warranty from AutoZone.
While waiting for the part and our new ramps Mike started working on the garage garden since we have some extra rock:
Then we got a call that our parts were in. Here is the new drive shaft which will connect the engine to the rear wheels. It comes in 3 pieces. Looks like fun right?
Mike puts the van up on the ramps and makes it safer by also adding a jack:
The van is up on front and rear ramps so we can fit underneath:
While I wait for Mike to take out the old drive shaft I tear out the rest of the grass in the garden:
The old is out and Mike needs my help. I have to get underneath the van with him to help him hold up the different parts so he can bolt them in.
Niki thought this was a new game and tried to come under with us but I told her no. It's bad enough that we were both under there. We laid on some cardboard which was kind of fun when Mike dragged me out. I actually got the giggles….I know I am a strange one, lol.
The hardest part about this job was figuring it out on this van for the first time and having the right tools. Now that we did it it was a pretty easy job:) I am so thankful Mike can do all of this. The van is running great and it cost us less than half of what Dodge wanted to charge us and we did it "right".
Back to the garden….
Once I got the grass up Mike added the end rubber curb:
Then I stapled down some weed cloth and Mike and I added the rock. Mike making it nice and clean until we find plants:
Fast forward…the plants have been found. We are only doing a few here just to dress it up. They will grow in pretty fast here in Florida.
Mike digging the hole:
My turn to plant the plants:
And Niki walking away saying we did good:)
That's all for now. Wishing everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!!!