Tuesday, October 25, 2022

No Headlights Required.

Tonight, I thought I had a burnt-out headlight for the first time since I can remember – maybe 10 to 15 years, or maybe equivalently, 250,000 miles to 350,000 miles since I replaced a headlamp on my vehicle. 

As I then began to drive to one of the only 24-hour auto parts stores still in existence around these parts, I figured maybe I should investigate the matter further to see if the malfunctioning headlight was merely disconnected or the like. Like…, maybe it had become disconnected when I had done some minor maintenance work under the hood earlier in the day. 

However, I couldn’t help but to chuckle in that I could not remember when I had last replaced a headlight on my vehicle. I figured the last time I had replaced a headlight might have been hundreds of thousands of miles ago. And, I had been wondering when one of those nearly antique headlights would finally fail. 

Shortly thereafter, I started to become aware of the unseemly yet potentially-required removal of my battery to replace that headlight – as my hands are not as skinny as they maybe once were. Only then did it occur to me to rap-on the headlight to see if it was really finished. And, then it came-on and lit-up again! 

Of course, given that I have now bragged about it all to the world with this blog, so to speak. I now fear a headlight may be soon to burn-out again in the not-too-distant future. 

So, maybe I should go and buy that replacement headlight after all and hold-on to it for a while. 

Life is full of irony; it often seems to me. : ) 

Adam Trotter 

October 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The 700,000 Mile Universal Joint Replacement


Approaching 700,000 miles on my vehicle, it was time to replace the universal joints on the drive shaft. (Seven-hundred thousand miles – with no engine work, it should be noted.)  This was not the first replacement of the universal joints, of course.  However, it was the first time that the universal joints had seemed to disintegrate in place on the vehicle (see photo).  Good thing I didn’t wait any longer to replace them, huh?       : )

AVT (May 2020)