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We've got wheels!!!

Well folks, it's been a long two weeks--not having wheels...

 

We had a wonderful and relaxing experience with Ward, Vee, and Rolanda, in spite of not having a car...just a little change of activities...we all walked on the beach more, and took a taxi to Montanita when we wanted to party...

With the car, we might have roamed further afield, but the consensus was that we all had a darn good time as it was.

 

Here it is being driven into the front yard by Alfonso, our good friend, bank guard, and language coach...and you can see that Isidro is inspecting it to see how deep the cleaning must go.

 

There was considerable calling around the country to locate a new axle when we first broke down, and it seemed to be on its way to being fixed in just a day or two, but it turns out that the two rear portions of the axle are not interchangeable...(right to left, etc.) and, as luck would have it, we got sent the wrong one which was about two inches too short.   Bummer...so everyone involved had to repackage the first axle, get the credit (a little harder to do in Ecuador), ship it back, and then wait to have the new one shipped.  Turns out it arrived four days ago, but the weekend got in the way.

 

Now, before all of you jump all over KIA products, I have to say that I was 100 percent at fault, and should have been paying more attention to our environment when it involved maintenance (if any).

 

Number one, we actually live on the beach, and with no garage, the car is subjected to heavy salt air coming right at it 24/7.  Also we drive like maniacs all over the Coast, and take regular trips to our place in Cuenca...a 7 hour drive over appalling conditions at times...

Where I made my biggest mistake is not understanding that wheel bearings are not sealed here and need constant attention, to be sure that they are greased up.  Also, the underneath and motor need to be pressure washed often to get the salt off.  Now I understand...

Although the part was pretty expensive, the mechanic's fee from start to finish was a mere $40.00, just a little more expensive than our doctor charges.

And for all of you folks who couldn't resist giving me a little poke and a little joke about my driving, I want to say thanks for caring, and yes, I will shape up...

And yes, I have been known to "hot rod" a little...that is me sitting behind the wheel of the 'Vette, which was sold the day before we left for Ecuador...

 

Here is the entry describing how I felt selling the Vette and packing up on our last day--seem like an eternity ago...

By the way, the wonderful folks who have rented our place told us tha fish are thriving and having little ones, and that our(their) cat Pepper is sleeping just fine in their bed...so life goes on... 

http://bobnrox.squarespace.com/journal/2007/10/2/sold-the-vette-with-no-time-to-spare.html

 

Posted on Tue, September 1, 2009 at 03:09PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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