Date Range: March 7-11, 2016
Summary: We make it to our friend Wanda’s house in Hoover, Alabama to find a serious oil leak coming from the truck’s engine. We spend the better part of the week nervously getting it fixed, and manage to have a bit of fun in the Birmingham area as we waited.
Cherry Blossoms Time CruncH
The leak was determined to be coming from the oil pan. To get at the oil pan, the engine had to be lifted out of the truck. Once the oil pan was off, they found that there was a defect in the edge that someone had attempted to quick fix previous to our ownership (we bought it used) with silicone. The shop ground down the defect grooves for us instead of getting a new one (which would have cost $2000 on its own!).
Once all back together, we drove it home only to have it leak some more. The shop got us back in right away and this time it was the rear main seal blown. To fix the rear main seal, they had to drop the transmission.
Upon further investigation of the root cause, they determined that pressure had been building up in the system. The oil pan and rear main seal gaskets are not designed to hold pressure – just normal atmospheric pressure. They traced the pressure build up back to the crack case filter, which was fully clogged. They replaced the filter for us (~$200 part).
Birmingham & HooveR
We toured the museum and rode the elevator up the tower to get a better look at this bare-bottomed man! We had quite a view of the city too.