Some of you already know that I replaced the oxygen sensor on my van earlier today. At first I didn’t think I would get the old one out. A piece of cake
is what I thought, especially since the van was driven which would heat the part enough….so I thought. Even with vise grips it would not budge. I almost gave up because I didn’t want to damage the old sensor in case I couldn’t get it out. So I go old school and apply heat directly to the connection with a propane tank….put the grips back on it, gave it a twist, and bingo! I just started thanking God right away because He gave me all that I needed to get it loose….patience and time to think it through without getting flustered.
After the new one was in place, I didn’t wait to start it up…I wanted to see if it was going to be any different during starting and idling. So I fire it up and it didn’t start right away, but it didn’t drag either. I could tell right away….seconds after it was running, that it had made a difference. It idled quietly, but when I placed it into drive it was rough, as if nothing had changed.
So I take it out for a spin. Once I hit the road and accelerate, it had more power. It didn’t drag during acceleration and I was really happy about that. I decide to take it on the interstate and on the entrance ramp it had more get up and go. I was able to change lanes faster. Now I’ll have to be careful not to drive it like a race car or I won’t be saving any fuel still. We’ll see what happens this week.
Oh yeah…I also bought a grease gun and lubed the front end today…that made a big difference too.
Yeah…some of you know about that too.
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One of the advantages of working from home is that I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn, but at the same time I don’t sleep in either. It was around 7:30 when TheWife wakes me. I get myself ready and we’re out the door just after eight.
I forgot to mention in my last post about the nails that I found in the two rear tires after I moved them to the front. They probably went undetected due to the lack of weight put on the tires because the van is empty at the moment. After I put them on the front I then noticed right away how deflated they were, now due to the weight of the engine. Since that time I have had to spend money to inflate the tires and I was about to make sure this morning was my last time doing that.
I drop TheWife off at work about nine and head to WalMart. In my haste to get food shopping out of the way, I forgot to stop at a parts store to get a tire repair kit, then as I parted the threshold of WalMart remembered I can pick one up there.
I’ve used one of these before, years ago and was really pleased with the outcome. I like the handle on this set because the first one I had was like a screwdriver handle.
I didn’t get pictures during the process because if you don’t want to lose all of the air from the tire…if it isn’t flat…you need to move fast. But I did get pics after the test drive.
What air I did lose , was replaced using this portable air compressor.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the other motivating factor in doing this myself…I stopped at a gas station to see how much to plug one tire…$25.00.
Moving on, while in the automotive section I spot spark plugs and put those in the cart too…knowing I should get everything for the tune up at one time.
I think this van had been sitting for awhile because of the corrosion on the plugs….I don’t think you get that when a vehicle is driven regularly.
Darcel and The3Grands were still here while I was replacing the plugs….the kids sat in the van while I worked. They left just before I was finished with that and that is when I repaired the tires.
After the test drive, I hit the shower, finished drying and folding the clothes, and did the dishes. By the time I sit to do this post, it was 10:00….checking email, facebook and what not. I finally give in with an unfinished post just after 11….what did it cost me to purchase the parts?….about $25.00.
I almost forgot about whipping up pancakes for Kiah and Darcel….hot dogs for Ava…more pancakes for Kiah….playtime outside…this not long after getting home from shopping. Picking up TheWife from work, before working on the van…..I did mention the laundry…didn’t I?
That was my yesterday….WhatrUWorkinOn?
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It’s getting closer for the details and the rules for the giveaway. I just created a giveaway page on my website. It’s not much to see right now, but if you’d like, you can check it out here.
This is my first giveaway and basically I am promoting my products. I need to get it out there and what better way to get things started by putting a smile on a lucky winners face…and also on the faces of those who will be fortunate enough to receive one.
I like to have fun and I like to be spontaneous. I like to be creative. Thus I have many ideas for future giveaways that I hope will be fun and interesting for you.
Yes, I’m trying to draw traffic to my website, yes I want to sell my products, yes I would like to one day be able to quit my regular job and one day wake up, plant my feet on the floor, and be at work. But as I strive towards that goal and even after I reach it, there are winners out there who will receive my products.
That makes me happy. I love smiling and love it even more when others are smiling with me. When I’m designing, that is what I hope to portray in my finished product. I know I won’t succeed where EVERYONE will like my stuff across the board, but I’m sure I have products that at least ONE person likes my stuff across the board…that’s ok…isn’t it? A lot of those ONEs add up.
I’ll be adding the final touches on the website in the next day or two and then it begins after that. Details and rules, so stay tuned.