Due to an extremely busy & stressful last couple of months, it’s sadly been that long since I’ve updated my faithful three readers. For that, I’m truly sorry. But, things are on the up & up. I’ve hired a guy who was there by my side threw the rock chip disaster of 2013. He’s been training for the last couple weeks and I’m extremely happy with his progress & his desire to learn & do more. It will make a huge difference for me once he’s ready to tackle the field on his own. Dare I say, I’m becoming an optimist once again…
In the last post we were trying to figure out the BONK, BABONK, BONK coming from under the car. I swore it was the left rear strut. My car now drives and handles wonderfully, but alas, the noise was still there. After poking around some more we found that the transmission mounts were toast. Score! (Well, you know what I mean)
Everyone was Hi-5’ing & cheering. The problem was found. Test drive just to be sure…BONK BABONK, BONK. WHAT!?!? It went immediately back on the rack. At least the good thing was that Chris was finding Misc stuff that my car needed that would have likely not come up during a normal inspection. Then he found it.
Chris just happen to be walking under the front bumper and looked up noticing two empty bolt holes on the underside of the front bumper reinforcement bar. He took the front bumper cover off and checked the top. The two top bolts were there, but only finger tight. The tech at the body shop, when rebuilding the car, put the bolts in finger tight, meaning to go back and tighten them up, & must have got distracted by something and never made it back to properly tighten them. During the course of driving since then, the underside bolts must have eventually vibrated back out of the hole completely & fell out. When I hit a certain kind of bump, like rail road tracks, the front bumper reinforcement bar would bounce around sending vibration & noise all down the length of the chassis. Which explains why it was so hard to pin down! But no harm, no foul. An honest mistake, one I’ve made myself in the past. So I’m happy to report that I no longer hear that freaking BONK! noise anymore. Hurray!
I was in and out of the service department an awful lot last month, with trying to figure out the noise and everything. With the changing seasons it’s starting to get dark earlier & I noticed my right headlight was out. Hoping for just a new bulb, Chris tested the headlight. Nope, HID control unit, of course. So in went a new unit & Chris topped off the blinker fluid for free. What a Pal!
Oh, & don’t forget the RDX finally hit it’s first growth spurt & was ready for it’s first major service.
My bank account was getting it’s rear end handed to itself quite a bit. So it was nice when I hit 465,000 and all I needed was an oil change.
So that catches us up on all the current maintenance to date. Although I’ll be back in the service department real soon for the next oil change. But now it’s time for some of the cool stuff I’ve seen in the last couple months. First, check out this rain storm! Holy Isolated Torrential Rain Batman!What about an F450 Laramie Dually Crew Cab? Phssh, Please! Call me when You’ve seen a F450 Laramie Dually Limo Cab…. With King Ranch Edition Interior & bucket seats all the way back of course.You’ve seen that too you say? OK, tough crowd. You sure are the most well versed three people I’ve ever come across. Try this on for size then. Drag Racing Snow Mobiles!That’s right. They run these on asphalt 1/4 mile drag strips. This one looks like something out of a Ridley Scott movie, doesn’t it? They replace the front ski’s with these little skate board looking wheels…Then they remove the typical Paddle Track off the back & replace it with these glorified rubber band tracks specially made for running asphalt…They run these sleds in the 9-10 second times and can hit speeds up to 180 mph. I don’t know if it’s required to have cast iron huevos & a plate in your head to run these or what. But not me thanks. I’ll just watch from the stands. Ironically, the two sleds I saw a few weeks ago, were wrecked while sitting on the back of a trailer on the way to the track. Someone in a pick up ran a light & took them out.
I’ve saved the best for last! I’m proud to announce that Boise is officially on the Map! Check it out! Tesla set up a charging station a few months ago! It’s right off the freeway & I’ve seen up to 3 Tesla’s charging at the same time there. Pretty slick.The TSX contemplating what “Ludicrous Speed” would be like…
That’s catches us all up for now. Thanks for stopping by. The TSX has been chasing down the miles like a beast lately. I’ll be back in for the 470k oil change in the next few days. Hard to believe I’m almost at my 3rd & final 400k milestone already! 475k is right around the corner!