We had been working on the car for a good two months and everything was going great except for a few small bad surprises. Then it was time for the first big setback – the injector pump was leaking. It felt like hitting a wall. Brian’s worried look didn’t calm me down either – if it’s something he’s worried about, I know it’s serious.
In a way we should obviously be happy this happened now and not on a lone highway with nothing but bush in all directions during the trip.
At first Brian said he couldn’t fix it, that this was beyond his mechanic skills. That it was the heart of the car. We walked around the problem worriedly for a few days and started looking into taking the car to a professional mechanic. Sending it off to a company specialized on diesel injector pumps? At least 10 000 SEK. Thinking of the costs made our tummy ache even worse. The local mechanic offered to switch it for us if we could just buy another pump and bring it all, but we would still have to cough up thousands.
Brian investigated the pump problem closer and decided to go and get a new seal, a rubber o-ring, since this seemed to be where the diesel leak was coming from. Replacing this seal requires opening the injector pump and those of you who know anything about injector pumps, it’s not a job for the fainthearted. The options were to either take the injector pump out and replace the seal or to remove the air intake manifold, injector pipes and anything else mounted around the pump in order to be able to take the cover off without having to take the pump out. We’re talking car heart surgery. So we then decided on taking the car to the local mechanic and this was on Thursday last week. I was just about to meet Brian at the mechanics when he gave me a call saying the plan had changed. He was now going to do it himself. Boosted by confidence after talking to a mechanic working at his company who believed Brian could maybe pull it off himself, he was now facing an interesting challenge.
Success. Or a mistake that could easily be 25 000 SEK to fix again. No pressure, hey!
Friday afternoon his colleague let him use his workshop with proper mechanic tools that Brian doesn’t have access to otherwise. Everyone said there was no chance he would be done by the end of the weekend. At 9 pm on Friday the car started and the pump was bone dry.
Air intake manifold off and all other bits and pieces taken off.
This is the air intake manifold and all the injector pipes which turned out to be quite a mission to get back on in the right order.
No need to tell you he’s proud. And we’re both very relieved. Brian says “Now I know how a heart surgeon must feel when flicking a heart to make it start beating again, and it works.”