Friday, May 31, 2013

Steering with Power

Today was my one day off, and I really should be asleep because I was asked to come in an hour earlier than scheduled so I have to wake up at 5am. Ugh. Too early for me. I have to work the next 6 days.

Anyway, I gave up on checking the timing. Even with the power steering pump removed it was impossible to see the marks. The power steering bracket would have needed to be removed if I wanted even a chance of checking, but the last bolt for that is tied into the water pump and a river of coolant ensued so I quickly tightened it back up and said forget it.

So on to installing the new power steering pump. But wait! First I needed to replace the alternator belt. Easy and quick. Installing the new power steering pump took way longer than it should have, and a lot of cussing. I got a new PS hose installed too, even though it was quite a bit different than the original, it worked just the same and in the end I actually prefer the way it's routed now.

I had a new choke thermostat to install but the linkage is way too long and I'm pretty sure it's not going to work at all. I gave up on that project fairly quickly without looking into it too deeply.

Oh hey. I finally went to get the title transferred into my name today. And even put plates and insurance on the motorhome. More money per month for something I'm not actually driving yet. Sucks, but oh well.

I did take the motorhome for two drives today. Just short ones, but it was nice to be out on the road in it. I haven't driven it on the road since driving it home. Unfortunately my speedometer has stopped working. I guess something happened to it when I was fixing the dash lights. I'm pretty bummed about that one.

I don't think I'd mind driving the motorhome to work a few times as it is, except the brakes are still iffy. My drive to work has a lot of stoplights, and when I come to a stop my brake pedal gets soft after about 30 seconds and I have to let up and repump the brakes. Hoping it's just air in the lines still and not a leaking rear wheel cylinder.

No pics this update, a bummer. But a new exciting YouTube video of me talking was posted tonight.

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