I pulled the Scout out of the garage the week of the Polar Vortex and ran it up in the driveway, and she gave me a scare. I started hearing a terrible whine coming from the power steering pump at idle. I shut her down, topped off the power steering fluid, and restarted the engine, but it came right back and frightened me to the point where I scuttled my plan to run down the street for coffee and backed her back into the garage; I didn’t want the pump exploding in the driveway the day before I had to drive back up to Syracuse.

I was in NY State for my father’s funeral for most of last week, but took advantage of 60˚ weather and a work-from-home day yesterday to run her up again, thinking maybe the temperature was to blame. I was right. She fired right up and idled smooth out of the garage, and there was no sound to be heard at all. Whew.

Buoyed by that success, I gave Mike Moore a call to see if he’d be able to help fix my caster issues. True to his character, he told me he could certainly do it but I should really try to find a good, reputable alignment shop around here and have them install them–and not a “$49 alignment special” type place. He also gave me the industry name for the parts I’ve got: Camber Caster Sleeves. I also asked him for a price on what it would take to rewire Peer Pressure, and we talked about that for a while. I don’t have the money right now but it’s good to know what to budget for. Mike is a great guy and I’m glad I called him. I found a place with decent reviews across town and called them for a price; I’ve yet to hear back but will call and follow up tomorrow.

Date posted: February 6, 2019 | Filed under Repairs | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to Updates and Information.

  1. Neal says:

    Bill- Sorry to hear of your loss of your father.
    Glad things have worked out with the Scout.
    I’ve been enjoying your posts still.
    Hey, when you get a chance would you mind doing me a favor and measuring the length of your scout bumper to bumper? I’m continuing to dream, and I’m wondering if a Scout or Traveler would even fit in my garage. Thanks.
    -Neal in Boston

  2. bill says:

    Hi Neal–
    Good to hear from you! I can certainly measure her for you. Stay tuned.

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