As it turned
out, I should have replaced that oil pressure gauge AND the transfer
We ended up
leaving around 9:50am from Ted's Place. No more than a half mile
up the ROAD (not the TRAIL, but the ROAD), the Big Scary Jeep starts
leaving a trail of white smoke. I also smelled a hint of burned
oil. I pulled over and popped the hood to find the engine compartment
covered in oil and the top of the intake manifold bathed in oil.
To make a short
story boring, I should have also replaced the oil pressure gauge,
as the pressure tube that runs from the engine to the gauge had
cracked. I removed the gauge from the panel, cut out the offending
tubing and re-mounted the gauge, leaving it in the engine compartment,
but safely sealed against further oil leakage.
Back onto the
road and up to the trailhead.
We hit the
trailhead, air down and head up the trail. I have a slight banging
noise that I can't figure out. It doesn't sound like u- joints,
but it's definitely speed dependent. About 1/3 of the way up Heart
Attack Hill, the banging gets much worse and the completely goes
away. And so does all engine power. The ENGINE runs, but power is
not getting to the wheels.
were intact, so it has to be something in the transmission or the
I back down
to a point where the truck won't move so I can take a look. Since
the transmission parking pawl is my E-brake, I can't otherwise get
out the truck!
wrong, except that I can't go anywhere. Ray straps me up to the
top of each hill and I coast down, happy to at least have power
steering and brakes! We make it back the trailhead and I grab my
gear and jump in and ride shotgun with Ray.
We ran the
rest of the trail uneventfully. Ray even provided some action attempting
the beginning of the Chutes. On the way back down, I call AAA and
arrange for a tow back into town.
they send a wrecker from RED FEATHER, but he arrives on time and
brings me back down to town. He was even stoked that I had tools
with me and that I was willing to drop the driveshaft so he could
flat tow me.
I guess I have
a use for that QT that Scott gave to me. :-/
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