Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
Estimated Rolling Date: Feb. 12, 2012
The visit to the Truck hospital turned into a diagnostic event instead of a
repair. After the tech got through with
his exam, he could not definitely say what part of the water pump two piece
housing or gaskets was the trouble.
Since the Truck has nearly 200,000 miles and seven years on the original water pump, the
choice was to spend 6 hours of labor to take it apart and maybe replace a
gasket or to spend another chunk of money and replace the old water pump while
the engine was opened up. A new water
pump was chosen.
It was a surprise for me to find out the water pump is gear driven from
inside the engine block. The parts have
to come from Corpus Christi and will be in tomorrow. With the new water pump the Truck should be
finished with any worry about this part of the engine for another six or seven
years. By then my age will be well over 70
and ready for another vehicle, maybe.
The game plan is to have the Truck at the repair shop of the dealer by 0800
in the morning and sit around the dealer’s waiting room for the repairs to be
completed. A waiting room is not the best place for trying to have tooooo much