The law of conservation of mechanical maladies

I am about to test the “Law of conservation of mechanical maladies” to its most extreme limit. The law simply states that mechanical maladies cannot be created or destroyed…only moved from one place to another.

We’ve had a tough few years economically wise. Cutbacks at work, a flagging economy, some uninsured losses, and some vile/corrupt creditor/banking practices hit us pretty hard.

We’ve survived it without significant losses because we tend to prepare for a rainy day and keep things in top condition (even our old things). Thus, when difficulty strikes, maintenance and such can be deferred until better times.

Well…a new equilibrium has been established. Short of it is, I have a repair budget again. Although it’s not as large as I’d like, I have the tools and skills to get a LOT of “bang for my buck”.

So yep, I’m in the throes of fixing LOTS of stuff.

I apologize in advance if your cars/trucks/bikes/buildings start falling apart. I’ve been hording mechanical maladies and they’ve got to go somewhere…

So…Step the first:

Put all this stuff…in there.

Crunchbird Parts

Crunchbird gets some much needed suspension repair/upgrades.

Crunchbird (daAltima), being 12 years old and sporting well over 100,000 miles now, needs some significant suspension repair and upgrade.

Included here:
New inner tie-rod ends
New outer tie-rod ends
New rear shocks
New struts/springs/bearings (Strut-pack)
New steering stabilizer
(and there’s a couple new o2 sensors as well)

After I shove all that stuff in there we’ll add a four-wheel alignment and a couple new tires. It should be good to go after that.

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3 Responses to The law of conservation of mechanical maladies

  1. Wyrmlaf says:

    Hmmm, we just went through the same thing with a new used vehicle we just bought. Admittedly we paid less because it did have work to be done on it. Some of those parts in the picture look suspiciously familiar. 🙂

  2. RayW says:

    So…does this mean that as long as I have the two cars with bad transmissions sitting in my driveway that my main vehicle with be more reliable? 😉

  3. William says:

    I will add to the “Law of conservation of mechanical maladies” . The law states that mechanical maladies cannot be created or destroyed…only moved from one place to another INCLUDING between vehicles parked in close proximity (at least that’s my experience).

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