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Monday, July 16, 2007

Of cars and mechanics

Last Saturday, I decided to have my problem with my car's wheel alignment fixed. This had been a problem which had been going for years as having it fixed would be expensive for I knew there's something wrong with the steering system.

So, since I did not have any schedule for lab tests that day (thank God - a respite from lab test!) I geared up very early in the morning and went to the mechanic. After the initial check-up, it turns out there are a lot that needed fixing. BAll joints, tie-rod ends, bearings, etc. etc... And all because I wanted to have my front wheels aligned! (Is there any kind soul out there who is willing to donate a
brand new van to this poor being?) The piece that took the toll was the steering shaft! I was told that a brand new one would cost me Php44 K big ones! Now, where will I get that much cash, right? So, I told them to look for a surplus and they did which cost about Php13K. Still stiff but what can I do?

So, finally, after a long wait for the piece, the final tally, as shown in y receipt, is as follows:

Steering bushing

Ball Joint

Tie rod end

Rack end

Petrogrease MP 3 (0.5 kilo)

Oil seal

Gear oil SAE 90 (18L)

Steering rack assembly

Replace steering

Replace ball joint

Replace tie rod end

Replace rack end

Replace oil seal

and finally, what I really wanted:

Wheel alignment (Toe In/Toe out)

Camber adjustment

Isn't life ironic?

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Anonymous Rey said...

Tito Rolly, [ading]tawa ako sa mga charge sa iyo, buti di ka charge sa caster adjustment , naawa[nadaya ka]u nakalimutan siguro.Have a nice weekend.

9:32 AM  
Blogger romeo said...

funny, i was expecting a "priceless" somewhere in the end, haha.

wishing you good health, sir.

9:48 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

rey hindi na. actually, malaki pa binawas nila sa labor. Kumikita sila sa piyesa siguro at pinapatungan pa nila.

romeo mabuti naman. Ikaw?

10:54 AM  
Anonymous bayi said...

Gosh, this is a major bite off your budget, isn't it? I can feel the pain even. :(

10:30 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

bayi YOu got that right! It's going to be sometime before I recovered from this unforeseen expenditure.

5:36 AM  
Blogger ipanema said...

well, sometimes we have to thank there's surplus where we can find a bargain. that's the price of an original huh? it's hard to maintain a vehicle. what else can we do? :)

5:51 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ipanema You got that right

9:18 PM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Ang mahal, Tito Rolls. Ang strategy ko pag ganyan, binibili ko na yung parts sa Banawe before I go to the car mechanic. That way, labor na lang ang sagot ko. Yung mga parts, napili ko na pinakamababa sa kahabaan ng Banawe. I walk by foot and ask each shop for the lowest priced items.

10:28 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Doc Emer That is the problem. When I took the car to the mechanic, I did not konw what was wrong with it. I did not know what parts to buy. I was at the mercy of the mechanic. Okay na rin. Less trouble.

9:44 AM  

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