OT: Pre-Trip Van Issue - What's Wrong?

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Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 28, 2017 - 08:06am PT
chainsaw for the win. No multimeters were harmed in the making of this thread.

DMT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:47am PT
so you're saying we can throw away the dipsticks on our multi-meters?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:50am PT
hoobs, this is a family friendly forum.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:51am PT
The dipstick for my van is like 3 feet long. I broke the knob off the end, too. Checking the earl when the engine is hot is... a touchy subject for me. But I dun wan to buy another one.

Go figger, with your multimeter.

DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:54am PT
Dood, drill a hole innit and put in a #6-32 screw!

Yer welcome! :-)
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 28, 2017 - 12:36pm PT
Cheers Reilly :)

DMT
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:38pm PT
The dipstick for my van is like 3 feet long.

The dipstick for my Subie is 6 feet long. Or so says the Wife.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:44pm PT
Well tell your subbie congratulations.

NOW!

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:46pm PT
happie. topping off the fluid may just do the trick. if the noise goes away and it seems to steer properly you should be good to go :)
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Karkoekstan, Former USSR
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:25pm PT
every time a girl came to my shop to explain a car problem I cried

"I was driving, I heard something down there and I got scared and car stopped

or I was driving and a red light keep coming in and out and then heard a big bang and engine stopped

The best was when this Mexican lady that came and said

" Jesus keep blinking keep blinking at me and car died"

I looked at dash light and she had a photo of Jesus over the oil light

well lady, this time Jesus cost you $3000

Anyway, keep the wheel straight and put a small tape on the left side of the steering wheel at 270 degree.

start the car and point your finger at where tape is on the steering wheel.

turn the steering wheel 1 inch to the left and 1" to the right and both front tires should respond to the steering wheel movement.

if wheels respond the steering wheel no more than 1.5 " of steering wheel movement in either direction then 90% of steering system is functioning good.

Now if the steering becomes stuck in the middle or slips on one side, you could have bad power steering pump. bad belt or bad steering rack.

End of story
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Sep 29, 2017 - 09:17am PT
Galen Rowell owned a garage before he went full time photography.. then he only had to deal with Ron burning a hole in the Aquamist slide by using a loop to focus sunlight, accidentally.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 29, 2017 - 12:25pm PT
Well tell your subbie congratulations.

NOW!
Actually, she's referring to the driver!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2017 - 09:22am PT
Update: The mechanic said the fluid level is within correct range(I decided not to add on my own, worried I might overfill), and a check found no leaks or visible issues which would suggest problems. He took it out to drive and the issue didn't occur, and he felt the steering seemed fine. They billed me $40 and said "So far as we can tell, there's nothing wrong. If it happens again, bring it in immediately so we can check it out." which....if it is happening only sporadically, that's kind of useless.

It has not "done it" since I called to make the appointment, of course.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 4, 2017 - 09:32am PT
Gremlins!!!!!!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 4, 2017 - 09:42am PT
As I suspected, it was the fluoride in the water all along.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Oct 4, 2017 - 10:52am PT
Glad to hear the outcome, Happie!

The most frustrating car problems are those that are intermittent, but on the other hand, most serious problem are persistent, not intermittent.

This may have been a rare thing, like some piece of road debris that got caught up in one of the linkages, then became dislodged. You'll probably never know.

But whatever it was, thank goodness it is gone. Good expenditure of $40, for piece of mind!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 4, 2017 - 04:56pm PT
Glad you got a clean bill of health. Hope you have a safe and happie pilgramage to J tree.
Peace.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 4, 2017 - 05:58pm PT
Safe travels Happie!
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Oct 4, 2017 - 06:05pm PT
Thread hijack alert!
I want to thank Jim Brennan for causing me to lose an hour watching Kids in the Hall videos with his post from several days ago. Can't help but throw this one up given recent events:
sween345

climber
back east
Oct 5, 2017 - 05:10am PT

A little reading on the subject

http://www.aa1car.com/library/2003/bf20340.htm

If the steering is slow to return or "sticks" when turning to either side, it may indicate binding or corrosion in the flexible coupling in the steering input shaft, or rusted or worn upper MacPherson strut mounts.
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