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Ramon kills the tick-tick-tick

February 29th, 2004 No comments

[synthetic oil] + [hard driving (who? me?)] + [hydraulic lifters] + [time]
= varnish-like build-up on the hydraulic lifters, causing clearances to change, resulting in….
….TICK-TICK-TICK-TICK-TICK-TICK-TICK-!!!

A local southbay mechanic recently heard my car’s horrible case of Lifter Tick. Ramon (Bavarian Motorsport) thought there was a way to correct this problem without ripping the motor open. He recommended adding a quart of automatic transmission fluid before the next oil change, driving around for thirty minutes to break loose the ‘gunk’, and then do the normal oil change. The risk is that the crap that brakes free with use of the ATF could clog the intake for the oil pump, and I don’t really want to buy a new motor right now. Ramon assured me that if 1)I had done regular oil changes and 2)driven the car hard, that clogging the oil pump was very very unlikely.

So, I’ve gone through two drive cycles after the ATF, and thus far, no loud ticking.

$4 fix? …nice.
(Ben adds this to his normal oil change procedure)

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Valentine’s Day 2004

February 24th, 2004 No comments

Honestly, this was the best Valentine’s Day Ever, Anna has put a lot of effort into the details, on her blog, so, I”ll keep this short and say this….

Anna, I love you today, I loved you yesterday, and I’ll love you tomorrow. Valentine’s was perfect, thank you for being my girlfriend.

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February 14th

February 6th, 2004 2 comments

So, once every year on February 14th, society informs us that in order to feel whole, we should be with a companion we care about, buy them things, treat them nice, do nice things together, show you care, and all of that. I don’t care much for the idea of this message, but…, I do like to show my love that I care about her whenever I can. So, if I get another day, purposefully set aside so I can do that, so be it :) I won’t complain :)

So, Anna keeps asking, what are we doing for Valentine’s Day. She still doesn’t know, and she won’t until it comes around.

I love you, Anna. Today, tomorrow, and yes, on Valentine’s Day too. …but not after that (just kidding). I’m looking forward to it.

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