I am good at ignoring noises. The sound a wife makes when you don’t do your share of the chores. The noises a child makes when they drop their toy for the umpteenth time. These all fall on my deaf ears. But what I have never been able to ignore is unusual noises coming from my vehicles.
Appliance. It’s a word typically associated with large square objects that plug into the wall. They are machines that perform tasks tirelessly, and do so without ever throwing a fit. That is, until they do throw a fit.
I’m trying to track down a ticking sound coming from my Subaru’s engine, and someone suggested I check to see if the timing belt tensioner was blown. I pulled everything apart this morning and took a video of what it looks like at idle.
This weekend I had the timingbelt, tensioner, and waterpump replaced on my 2010 Honda Pilot. $1100 later, the car drives great and I have peace of mind for the next 100k or so miles, but it still bothers me that the belt cost $73 (and this is Honda dealer pricing, so I know it's higher than it probably needed to be)…
So my friend has had this '98 wagon since high school, and it has been a trusty workhorse, with over 200,000 miles.