Getting down and dirty
down to the local mechanic whom I’ve only met a couple of times to beg, borrow or steal.
Generously, he said to take what we need and return it after the weekend.
Getting the pulleys off in quick time I suggested we should return the puller straight away but Nick disagreed – wisely as it turned out.
Nick is a willing learner and was keen to do as much as possible himself under my guidance.
I showed him about marking the gears against the body and the belt to ensure that the timing would be correct.
We researched and found that we didn’t have to take off the engine mount to get to the water pump.
Like father-like son, we got greasy together, swore together and between us, spent far too much wasted time trying to find the spanner or socket we’d used only a minute before.
I swear tools have a life of their own and love to hide!
We put it all back together and fired her up and the result was not quite what we expected in that while the water pump sounded good, we had an altogether different, and just as loud a whine.
A phone call to a mechanic mate soon told us that we had the timing belt waaay to tight. So glad that we’d kept the “Pulley-Puller”.
This time ‘round we stripped her back, adjusted the tensioner and put all back together in 40 minutes flat.
We both learnt a bit along the way and a job that took us, probably a day and a half overall, we could repeat in well under a day now. The best part was spending one-on-one time with my boy, getting down and dirty, swearing, laughing and having a drink together at the end of the day.
As they get older times like this become fewer and farther between. They are times that I cherish.