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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2016 - 05:52 AM

My wife and I are planning to go to Dover & Kinzer Pa for the tractor shows . I was planning on driving her S10 Blazer with a little trailer to bring 2 DB walk behinds . Yesterday the transmission started slipping . Fluid is dark but full Will take the GMC crewcab so were still going . I think I would call that " luck " that it happen close to home and we didn't have to deal with it while traveling , with trailer in tow too.
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 06:32 AM

That's why I'm asking my son to drive his "new to him" very used car around here before going to college.
I don't want to be trailering this thing around if I don't have to...

Glad you're still going. Are you still able to take the trailer with the DB's?
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 06:37 AM

I'll be darned. How many times do you see a car break down in the drive way.


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 07:25 AM

Somebody was looking out for you, Al. Did you buy a lottery ticket?


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 07:51 AM

Stilling bringing the DBs, I'll use ramps to load them , at my sisters house where we are staying the driveway and alley are tight, make getting around tuff The little Blazer and trailer go through as easily as the crewcab without a trailer lol
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 07:55 AM

Sounds like you got lucky to catch it ahead of time.  I'm usually stuck on the side of the road somewhere!       Rick

 

(It would have been a great story/picture with you and the wife walking behind the D.B.'s pulling the Blazer/trailer!!)


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 09:32 AM

You're a lucky man Al! Get that tranny fixed now while it's mostly soft parts, the next thing it will break the sun shell and more. I still drive my 2000 Blazer 2 door 4wd, not much as I use to, but I still tow with it. Love the short wheelbase for maneuvering trailers! Mine has 142k on it and I'm hoping the transmission holds out.


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 09:52 AM

I was going to try driving it the 6 miles to the trans shop but after talking just now to my wife she said when she turned onto the street and up the slight & short distance to the garage she said it sounded like metal bearings coming apart . Ours is a 2 door too 152k

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Posted August 14, 2016 - 10:03 AM

A couple of weeks ago a buddy came over to work on his bike.  I went to move my bike over and it was hard to move, looked down to see the rear tire flat.  I had just come back from a long trip the day before so I figured I had picked something up.  Nope the valve stem on the tube had separated.  A bit of luck that it happened in the shop and that I was able to put some air in it so I could get it on the table.  It it had happened the day before it would have been a royal pain to get it home.  

 

Yes I would say that the tyranny slipping before you left was a bit of luck.


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 10:34 AM

 

Yes I would say that the tyranny slipping before you left was a bit of luck.

 

Ah yes, nothing like slipping tyranny! LOL  :poke:


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 11:07 AM

Since I drive older vehicles. I've had breakdowns dozens of times in the last 49 years. Most were in my driveway, a friends driveway, or I was able to pull over and quickly fix it(in the days of ignition points). I've only been towed three times(1968, 2007, and 2009). My son has had three beakdowns in our driveway and one on the road to school(caliper hanging up). That time he drove it home after cooling down. We have been lucky and I believe most drivers have been lucky too. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Bad luck with a twist of good luck I'd say.   :thumbs:


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 01:25 PM

Same here with many breakdowns near home or in the driveway. Our 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee decided to drop the tailpipe yesterday up the road from the house. It just so happened in a way the rear hanger kept it up. Anyone besides me while on a trip you think about all that's happening under the hood & how amazed that everything works.

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Posted August 14, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Sawdust - I listen and think about it all the time. My son reminded me of the time I came out to my minivan to find the spare tire lying on the ground under the car. Good thing I had looked under the car before starting it. We all need to stay alert.
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Posted August 16, 2016 - 06:23 AM

Made arrangements for the fellow who we take our vehicles for state inspection to tow it down to the transmission shop when they can do it . They do other work too and have a very good reputation so they are always busy . The fellow doing the towing asked since it was drivable if I could drive down the hill to his place since it would be easier when it was time to take it for repairs . I backed it out to the street and as I was driving it the 3/4 mile to his shop thought it didn't slip too bad .Maybe I'm wasting money towing it. Pulled in his lot then tried to back into a parking spot but this time reverse didn't work ,had to pushed it back into the parking spot lol
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