Ode to an Old Truck


| 7/9/2009 2:09:29 PM


Tags: vehicles, truck,

The old truck

Robyn DolanOkay, so it's not so old – only 14 years. But it's paid for. The air conditioning still works. In over 300,000 miles, I have only in the last couple years had to replace the alternator and starter. So now I need a radiator and a water pump. And the only reason I found that out is because we made a hay run to just outside Phoenix last week.  

This being July in Arizona, the Phoenix area is easily topping 100 degrees before noon each day. So hauling 3 tons of hay uphill all the way home was bound to have some effect on the cooling system. After the first stall, we turned off the a/c. Of course, the engine took quite a while to cool down so I could add coolant. At least we had detoured to Lake Pleasant for a picnic and a swim on the way home. A park policeman stopped by and asked if we needed help and I explained, with my best attempt at humor, that we were just "cooling off." Well, we finally did get our swim and picnic and got back on the road to home. After 3 more stalls, we made it off the freeway and officially back to Northern Arizona, with no more problems all the way home. 

Having replenished my own radiator, from lack of a/c in a hot truck all day, I am able to sit back and admire the stack of hay that will keep the critters fat and happy for another month. I reflect upon all the good times we've had in Big Red (actually maroon, but Big Maroon sounds too Gilligan's Island). Camping, woodcutting, hauling horses, cows and other critters. And all the practical tasks she performs – hauling hay, water, building supplies; hauling other cars out of ditches; pulling a homemade drag to smooth out a muddy driveway. Getting around on muddy and icy roads. Going where no jeep dares to go. Who wants a new truck anyway? Get me that radiator and water pump!

John
6/23/2014 9:12:42 AM

It really never depends on whether we have an old vehicle or a new one. If we maintain our vehicle properly then only it will run the best. As vehicles are machinery products so wear and tear is an obvious fact. To avoid the same we have to a bit carefully and have to maintain the vehicle and have to take proper care of it. When any wear and tear happen we have to get it corrected from a good repair center. I prefer to visit the http://www.medwayimports.com/Service.aspx when I think my BMW needs to be serviced and repaired.


Roman
6/11/2014 8:08:35 AM

Hats off to the car owner for the maintenance of the vehicle because after 14 years the vehicles are not supposed to run properly but, here we come to know that its air condition and other parts are functioning well. A vehicle can run properly for a long period of time if proper care of the vehicle taken. So, those who want their car to perform the best and run for a long period of time have to maintain their car and also have to service it and repair it from a good car repair center if needed. http://www.carminesimport.com/land-rover-service/


John
5/30/2014 6:39:20 AM

It is a good article and from here we can understand the meaning of maintenance. After 14 years of running, the vehicle is still running good. If proper care taken then every thing will perform good so as cars. Yes, cars have problems and as these are machinery products so these are obvious thing. We have to do its maintenance in regular time interval so that our car will stay far away from errors. If we want to stay safe then we definitely have to drive safe. For safe driving along with attentive driving we have to take proper care of the vehicle so that it will never breakdown. http://performingimports.com/services/bmw-repair/





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