When you take your car to get serviced, how do you know the mechanics aren’t driving it like it’s a getaway car in a heist movie? This 2010 Camaro SS driver figured out one very clever way: he placed a voice recorder in the car to capture the dealership employees driving and working on the car. He’s probably glad he did — his recording captures audio of mechanics beating the crap out of the car. Read more
I think I found your noise. This is the ring gear out of the front PTU unit (transfer case) in a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country AWD van we had come into the shop. This is the result of driving with an under-inflated tire on an AWD vehicle. Proper tire inflation, and running all four of the same size/type tires is incredibly important and will help prevent damage like this. This particular repair was upwards of $2,000 and could have been quite easily prevented.
After a way too long delay (completely my fault), finally dropping my front suspension, trans brackets, misc other brackets off to the powdercoaters tomorrow. Also dropped the trans pan back out of the truck to replace it with the new deep pan, and fix the sticking kick-down cable, as well as remove the trans cooler lines as they are being replaced with Push-loc and AN fittings to match everything else. Oh, and I have three customer cars to finish tomorrow that have been here for way too long.
Just added Scott Nelson’s build to the Dakota engine swap page, thanks Scott!