I fixed the Loyale before it started snowing at 11am. Man, I feel ambitious! Ok, it wasn't *that* exciting.
She hadn't been starting occasionally, usually on really cold days (yeah, ran all winter but a cold day in April? Fuggetaboutit). Or racing, having a hard time controlling the idle. Starting, then no throttle response, and cut out/die. Etc.
Finally had a day off when it wasn't snowing/raining, so I poked around under the hood. Hmm. Hose off the PCV valve has three big cracks! That might do it. Grab the valve and hose, walk down to the parts store. Cue spending a lot of time explaining that no, the radiator hose with a similar shape won't fit on the PCV valve. The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Hi, I just need a hose to connect to this PCV valve and run about 14 inches over to where it joins the rest of the vacuum control lines"
Desk: "What year, make, and model?"
Me: "1991 Subaru Loyale, but I doubt it will be listed, I have parts from several models and years on this car, I just need a length of hose off the spool".
Desk: "Well, this one looks like it, there is even a flair at the end, same as this one, see?"
Me: "No, that's a radiator hose, it says in the description. That won't work. It lists the inside diameter as over an inch, this might be...half-inch inside diameter? Well, grab it and we'll check it out, I have the valve here in my pocket."
Desk: "Oh, I have to get it from the warehouse, it will be here by 1pm (it was now about 10:30am). Name and number where I can reach you?"
Me: "Check for PCV hose, I'm pretty sure the radiator hose is the wrong one and we don't need to waste four hours and two trips to the warehouse to get the hose"
...Computer shows no hoses, whatsoever, for the PCV...at all.
Desk: "Let me request the one the computer is showing, it'll be here in a couple hours".
Me: "No, just measure this hose (hand over old hose) and we'll see how it compares to the listed size for the one you found in the computer."
Desk: (*Walks around for a minute looking for a measurer thing, none is found*)
Me: "Can I use the tape measure on the display over there? (point to next register...go over and measure...it's 5/8 inch inside diameter)
Desk: "Oh, huh, it looks just like the one in the picture though!"
...(a couple more minutes of this sort of thing, with a request to look for a spool of hose that will fit the valve)...
Desk: "Hey [shift manager] I can't find any hose like this in the computer...(goes through the whole thing again with the shift)."
Manager: "Oh, no problem, just grab him some hose off the spool in the back."
Desk: "What size?"
Me: (silently, to myself): "sigh"
Manager: "Well, take that valve he has in his hand and try them all until you find it".
I did finally get the hose, run home. Get the valve and hose in place. I'd already wiped off/out the PCV, don't worry. Get it all together and running, success! Drive two blocks to get gas, and it started snowing!
Now it is snowing and 15-20mph winds. Looks like I finished just in time . Best part is it has snowed or rained EVERY day off for the last month. And been sunny all week long. Just glad this finally is over, though the weather nearly finished me off yet again.
Edit, had too many emoticons.
Edited by man on the moon, 22 April 2013 - 12:56 PM.