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Putting the Pedal to the Metal

By May 1, 2017 Car Diary

A long known about problem in our car is the accelerator cable. Unlike new cars, in our Toyota an actual cable connects the gas pedal to release the gasoline. So the gas pedal has a cable  connected to it with a screw that connects to the carburetor. When you step on the gas pedal the cable is pulled and opens up a little flap to allow gas into the carburetor.

We have often had problems with the cable fraying. Read More

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How to jump start your car

By May 1, 2017 Car Diary

Our car, being 30 years old, often has many quirks and complications. Every day we deal with something different. Recently, we had a problem with our battery.

At 9:00 in the morning we went to help one of our friends jump start their battery. After we returned home, we didn’t realize that our headlights were on. Hours later, when we were leaving to help someone move, our car was dead. Our first instinct was to push start the car. Read More

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Woody’s trip to the mechanic (February 21)

By February 23, 2017 Car Diary

February 21, 2017

As of Monday, Dad had to return to the States for some work. So three girls are left to take care of the car, which we know is high maintenance.

Dad left some instructions: “Make sure to check to the fluids (oil, power steering fluid, etc)”, “Don’t forget to fill it with gas regularly since the gas gauge is broken”, “Be careful about driving it here”, “Check the tires air pressure”, “Keep the radiator filled with water”, etc.

As you can see, there is much to do to keep our car running in good shape. So, after 14 hours of dad being gone, we heard from the car an already existing noise worsen, and of course, ran it to our mechanic, Roberto, to be safe. The mechanic got to work on the drive-shaft and replaced the u-joint bearings.

After all this, we took a drive around the block, but the noise was still there. After telling him that we were very concerned about the noise, he continued to work on finding what it was. He had one of his workers get under the car while he got in the driver’s seat. The worker would yell out “adelante” and Roberto would drive forward as the worker scooted up the asphalt on his back under the car. Then he would yell “atras” and Roberto would drive backward and the worker would scoot on his back. What a way to fix a car! My mom stared at it, stunned, and so, she forgot that this would make a great video.

Now, a day later, the car is still at the mechanics being worked on. We hope we get it back soon!

Written by Ashley

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Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser

By February 1, 2017 Car Diary, Our Story

They say Toyotas never die. And I believe it’s true. Our 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn’t died on us yet.

Its name is Woody Land-crapper, and, although, it is so rusty that the water pours in when it rains, it has taken us on dirt roads, through rivers, through mud, to places far and to places near.

We bought our Land Cruiser in July of 2013 from friends living in Ecuador. Our friend gave us an excellent price because in his words he “couldn’t sell such a crappy car at a high price.” We decidedly agreed to buy it sight unseen as we were in desperate need of a car. Read More

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