Dewy

We woke up this morning with a van that was covered in dew. This is the indicator that the nightly temperatures are starting to drop and autumn is here. I am going to remain in denial about the approaching winter season. We both want to make the absolute most of our visit to Newfoundland for...

The simple brake job

It’s never a good day when a mechanic practically curses your vehicle. After a short drive from the local Wal-mart we arrived in the morning to get our brakes sorted out.  As with the other shop, he pulled off the tires, took a look, confirmed they needed to be overhauled and then...

Burp the baby

We’ve had a lot of false starts the past few days thinking we had all the air out of our coolant lines. This morning we tried more of the same and weren’t successful. So we resorted to draining the whole system and starting over. The biggest problem with this van is that the...

Too hot to handle

We struggled again with the van today – after changing out the radiator there is still air in the cooling system which just doesn’t want to go anywhere. Unfortunately, when there is air in the system it will not function correctly until it’s released (i.e. burped). In the...

Staying cool

Today after work we continued the van projects. I worked on removing a faulty coolant hose that was installed by a mechanic last year. He correctly noted that the original pipe was extremely worn and ready for replacement but failed to install a moulded pipe on the 90 degree fitting. Instead,...

Totally Rad

There were more northern lights this morning – earlier than yesterday so we decided to take a bit of a drive this time. We ended up on a dark little dirt road that weaves all around and then just goes straight into lake laberge – a setting which can best be described as a...

Weepy

Today we did a lot of work – it’s what we do sometimes. We followed that up with a peak at the van. We know we have a small anti-freeze/coolant leak for a little while now but since it has gotten colder we seem to be leaving more drips on the pavement. Our radiator is starting to...

No Dice

We continued to work on the van today. Andrew spent 5 minutes replacing our PCV valve, which just about rounds out the maintenance on our valve covers. We then turned our attention to the fuel pump once again. With our new wrench set, vice grips and liquid PB we were hopeful that we could get...

Hit a snag

Today we were up early, the sun was finally out, and we were going to tackle the fuel pump. We knew the basic premise but after lunch we got ourselves all prepared: We read the van manuals and the part instructions; we watched a couple youtube demos; hauled out the tools and safety gear (i.e....

Adept Ameturs

Looking back on yesterday, it’s incredible to think that just one year ago, we had little to no clue about vehicle maintenance and repairs. Andrew knew more than I did, but I certainly knew the basics. That is: change the oil when the little sticker says to; get the brakes checked when...

Home Repair

Today we found the motivation, and a reasonable spot of weather in which to accomplish some van maintenance. We turned out attention back to the valve cover gaskets. Andrew installed two new gaskets back in Whitehorse but when we were in Nenana we noticed the drivers side gasket was broken...

Get’r Done

Today was all about getting stuff done – we had a mound of laundry to do, a ton of groceries to eat, and some van projects to work on. Since we were at a campsite laundry was not a big problem it was just plain convenient. When we’re at a campsite it also tends to mean we eat...

Grease Monkeying Aro...

We plan on hitting the road tomorrow but there were a few more things to do on the van before we head out. On the agenda this afternoon: The valve cover gaskets which seem to be the cause of a bit of oil leak and the fuel filter. Andrew and I took the divide and conquer approach. I worked on...

Pullin Wrenches

We kickstarted our day off early today and had a full day of work (in a pub mind you since the wi-fi was plentiful). Our plan for this afternoon was to get a bit done on the van. This extended daylight is something we’ve come to rely on to get more accomplished in a day. Andrew went to...

Mini Gras

We’re planning on seeing a bit of the Mardi Gras festivities today in Biloxi, MS based on a suggestion from a couple we met back in Ocala, Florida. They had been coming for about 10 years so we figured it had to be half decent. Since the parade was scheduled for the afternoon so we had...

Workin’ at the...

Today was carwash day! The van has needed a good wash for a while but after you rust-proof you’re not allowed to wash thoroughly for some time afterwards. We had rust-proofed just before we left to the USA and haven’t yet found a good hot day to wash her. We don’t even think...

Watt-er day!

The excitement of yesterday has spilled into today and we ended up getting more work done on the van.  With a new alternator we set out to sort out our auxiliary battery situation. So our morning was spent removing the old auxiliary batteries and putting in a new one. The two older ones we...

Electrified Firebus

Andrew is putting some final touches on the van’s electrical today. We are working towards being able to charge an auxiliary battery while we drive. This spare batteries can power the water and fridge in the back when we need it, without draining our main battery. It has been quite the...

New year, new experi...

It’s really great to get to start off a new year trying some new things. Today we tried: 1. Changing our own oil. & 2. Shooting a shotgun. The oil change was a relitively painless once we figured out where everything goes.  We’ve been carrying around the supplies for weeks...

Snowless Birthday

It’s not often I get snow on my birthday but if we were back in Canada we would definately be feeling it.  Today however was the first day, since arriving, that we’ve actually seen the sun come out with a bit of good weather.  Sunshine. What more could you ask for on your...