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September 20, 2011

Update: Small victories, multiple defeats.

Filed under: Cars — chuck goolsbee @ 4:24 pm

This past weekend Christopher went back to school, with Sue being his chauffeur for the trip up to Olympia. This gave me some time to wrestle with the sensor installation on her Liberty CRD. The super-long t-handled ratchet saved my bacon again – allowing me to plumb the depths of the darkness and undo the bolts holding the heat shield in place that hid the Crank Position Sensor from my sight (and Allen key.) It took a few hours of laying on my back, flashlight in my mouth, and arms threaded around the exhaust downpipe, but in the end the crank position sensor was replaced.

Afterwards, I took Sue’s car for a test-drive. Before I replaced the CPS it would only drive for a few miles before it would shut down, and you would have to wait for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for it to start again. I figured I’d drive it until it died, then once running turn and go back home. It ran for two hours without so much as a hiccup. Took a nice tour of some roads SE of Bend I had yet to drive, so it wasn’t all for naught.

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