A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stuff Happens

This all took place weeks ago in August. 

Climbing the steep grade over the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming I all of a sudden lost power.  Once over the top everything seemed okay.  During the next 1000 miles I kept experiencing strange feelings with engine performance at irregular times.  Once in Nebraska it couldn't be ignored any longer and thinking maybe it was a fuel delivery problem I had a new fuel filter installed.

Cooling off the motor.

Nice folks in small shop in Alliance Nebraska had us in and out in no time with a new filter in place.

The issue was still there.

Well why waiting for the big eclipse fandango I did some Internet research.
Ah the power of the Internet!  There it was when I knew what to look for
a crack in the turbo hose!

Gorilla tape and then grey duct tape to the rescue...sort of.
You can see where it blew out as we made our way to Casper, WY.

Here we were directed to Jack's for they were the only one's who would work on a Mercedes engine.  More nice folks who checked out the turbo (fine shape) and other hoses where another crack was found down lower.  Everything else checked out okay.

We stayed the night at their place while the replacement part came in from Rapid City, South Dakota.

The new part arrived the next morning by UPS.
Only the hose portion to the right was needed but it comes as one complete assembly.

 Read their shop rates, bottom line in particular, 
and you'll understand why I put the new hose on myself.

The Little House on the Highway runs like a top once again.


  1. You must be a real expert now on car maintenance.

  2. Argh. Thankfully, that's all it was!

  3. $130 an hour is daylight robbery but if its the only way to get you back on the road then what can you do? It really pays to be handy and know your way around an engine. Glad you got back moving again pretty quickly, and didn't have to fork out too much money.

  4. You are lucky to be able to do stuff yourself!


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