Last week I started to drive my 2002 from the South Bay Area to San Luis Obispo, where I go to college. Thought it would be fun to drive the 02 around for a week. And since I’d driven this car 800 miles round trip to SoCal vintage and back, taking backroads the whole way, I figured it’d be an easy week for the car.
i got 40 miles from my house before I heard the worst noise I’d ever heard come from a car, and my car started to slow down. So I pulled over, checked under the hood, and it looked like through some means that my fan had ran into my radiator.
Now, I was expecting to see a rod coming out of the block. So when I saw that it was just the fan and radiator I thought i got off easy. I could have that fixed in a day I thought.
so I got towed home, got in another car, and went through my school week.
fast forward to yesterday.
I was replacing the radiator and fan with ones that we had at home, and it was when I was trying to put the fan belt on that I realized the belt was too long. Which I though was impossible because it was an exact replacement.
then I realized that I was missing the crank pulley with the belt.
so I looked down in there and noticed that my crank pulley was gone...(refer to picture)
Then I called my dad out so that we could revel at this unusual sight.
And through trying to start the car, and pushing it in gear, we came to the conclusion that the engine had completely seized...
A while ago the oil pressure light stopped working at fault of the gauge cluster, and not just the bulb. And I don’t know how to fix it, and don’t have another silver dollar cluster, so I didn’t bother trying to fix that.
Since the oil pressure light didn’t work, I don’t know if the car lost oil pressure, causing whatever happened to happen, or if something broke, or what.
So eventually I’ll get around to taking that engine apart to try to find out what failed.
And whenever I get the money to do so, I’ll work on getting a replacement engine.
In the mean time, I’ll just sadly look at my car sit in the yard, knowing that it’s nothing more then a very stylish paper weight for now, I guess