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Fuel for Thought

Cold Days!

By Dale
Posted Oct 14th 2009 5:39PM

         It see ms that the cold weather is finally coming to Ohio!  I had a nice couple days down South, then ran back up thru Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and into Ohio.  Down South I was running with my window down, but the further North I came, the more the window came up LOL. As I got into Ohio, I had to start easing the heat on low.  Man the leaves are in full color now, and it's time for some good fall pics. I will be taking more and sharing in the coming few days.

         I'm actually out of service for a couple days now.  At my last fuel stop coming North, I noticed a few drops of antifreeze coming off the bottom of the engine. I couldn't see where it was coming from, but it didn't appear major, so I drove on home.  I was scheduled for some maintenance at my mechanic today, so I had him check it out. We caught it just in time... the water pump was just starting to go.  I am SO glad God let it happen when I was going to be home anyway.  Yeah, I know, some would be all upset... "another repair"... but you know what, I look at it this way.. it could have went out hundreds of miles from home, requiring a tow, and service from a dealership, at who knows what kind of price.  This way, my own mechanic who has worked on my cars since I was 17 can do it, and at much better price!  Being a diesel van, it is a bit more involved than changing it on my car, or I would do it myself.  Right now, he plans to have all the maintenance and water pump changed by Friday.  So, I plan to take advantage of the time to get stuff 'winterized' around the house.

Dale is a solo van owner operator for FedEx Custom Critical, and is based out of the Columbus, Ohio Express Center. He can be reached at otrvan@expeditemail.net

4 Comments

  • - October 19, 2009
    Linda-=|=-Dale you are so right on if a breakdown has to happen let it happen at home! The expense doubles when you are on the road as the mechanic has "your home" in the shop so now you have to get a hotel and meals.
  • - October 19, 2009
    Linda-=|=-Dale you are so right on if a breakdown has to happen let it happen at home! The expense doubles when you are on the road as the mechanic has "your home" in the shop so now you have to get a hotel and meals.
  • - October 19, 2009
    jj214-=|=-Know the feeling about breaking down at home. I blew a high pressure oil hose on my ford diesel. Was about 7 miles from home, but 300 yards from my mechanics shop! Sitting home tonight, first week day off in three weeks, and had a run yesterday (Sun.) 1st. sun run in a long time
  • - October 19, 2009
    jj214-=|=-Know the feeling about breaking down at home. I blew a high pressure oil hose on my ford diesel. Was about 7 miles from home, but 300 yards from my mechanics shop! Sitting home tonight, first week day off in three weeks, and had a run yesterday (Sun.) 1st. sun run in a long time

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