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Technical issues while heading South

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After the Mt Rainier mountain trip we headed South and some mechanical issues made our journey a bit more difficult than usual. Firat the tow car, Fordi had some issues. We already listened to an increasing strange noise coming from the engine and it got worse and worse as we drove. Also it started to loose coolant from the engine so I was worried. We stopped at a Ford dealership and they had a look. They said it is most likely the water pump and it is a fairly easy exchange. The belt should be changed anyway due to mileage. Unfortunately they were fully booked for weeks so we started to look for repair shops on our way. Luckily we found one just opposite a KOA campsite and they were ready to have a look at the car the next day. So first we dropped off the trailer at the campsite, bought some food for the weekend and then droped off the car. They drove me back to the campsite and the next day they called that the car is ready! Great job!

We had a great stop at a brewery in Albany, Oregon. They are called Deluxe Brewing Company and their products were really nice. I liked the IPA and did not like the pils (called "Oktoberfest" but that was not one I liked.) I have a sixpack of their other IPA so hopefully that will be more to my taste. There were nice classic cars and people jamming on guitars and benjos so it was a great night.


Then the other issue was that we have noticed a strange, uneven wear of the tire on one of the wheels of the trailer. The inner 2-3 cm of the tire is completely without thread while the rest of this tire and all other tires wear out normally. It might be an axle misaligent or a camber issue. Finding a place that does trailer axle alignment is not so easy. Even if they do they are booked for weeks. So after calling about 8 places and randomly visiting a few on our way we finally got to a place where we can sleep tonight at the yard and they will have a look tomorrow. Hopefully it will be an easy fix and we can press on South. It is getting too cold here too, 7-8 C during the days and around freezing at nights.

Posted by divatmotoros 00:29 Archived in USA

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