At last, some Jeep news!

The Monday morning water run was held on Tuesday afternoon this week, and I took that opportunity for my monthly visit to what I’ve come to think of as the Jeep’s final resting place. To my surprise, I noticed that the Jeep had moved. That was astounding enough to drive me into the shop.

“Didn’t somebody call you?” asked the manager. He asked this with the same level of sincerity he used three weeks ago when promising to get the Jeep on a rack that very day, which is to say none at all. I didn’t even reply, just waited.

He called another guy over from the far end of the shop. That guy came over and opened the conversation by asking, with apparently genuine curiosity, “What were you doing when the transmission let go?”

I said, truthfully, that I was slowly backing up in my own driveway. “Why do you ask?”

He said that he had delivered the transmission’s apparently mutilated corpse to the rebuilder, helped the guy take it apart, and “It seriously looked like a grenade went off in there.”

I said that judging from the sound it made at the time, I wasn’t surprised at all. Didn’t bother to mention that ten miles of towing through the desert probably scattered the pieces pretty thoroughly.

Anyway. We have finally finished with Stage One of the Great Wait: When the only shop in town gets around to your case.

We now enter Stage Two: Parts delivery. Maybe that won’t take another seven freaking weeks? I wouldn’t bet serious money on it.

But what the hell: It’s what passes for good news these days. I guess what has me shocked and disappointed with my fellow man about this is that when I turned wrenches for a living it was always in dealerships, and in dealerships this sort of delay would simply never be contemplated, let alone tolerated. In a dealership, at least when I was in the trade, you rolled iron or you were gone. They wouldn’t waste a rack on your useless carcass long enough for you to starve on flat rate. But asking these guys to behave like reasonable professionals is a waste of good begging.

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8 Responses to At last, some Jeep news!

  1. Tennessee Budd says:

    Things have definitely changed. My father was a professional mechanic all his adult life, and that’s the way things were run when I grew up (born in ’65). Now, not so much. I dropped my work truck at the dealership to get the heater fan replaced, & got the truck back 3 weeks later–not repaired correctly, BTW! Now, it being a work truck & on a fleet maintenance card may have contributed to the delay, but I’ve rebuilt V-8 engines in less than 3 weeks.

  2. Mike says:

    Well, on the bright side at least the project is moving forward.

  3. Jim Price says:

    Now that they’re actually working on it, did they give you an estimate of when it might be done?

  4. Spud says:

    Those who can, do.
    Those who can’t…wait.

  5. Joel says:

    did they give you an estimate of when it might be done?

    😀 God, no. Parts delivery alone could take days or months. Then I’ve got two separate shops that will need to get a round tuit and I don’t even know where one of them is. The Jeep could collapse into a pile of rust before it gets a working transmission.

    I’m hoping that assessment is excessively pessimistic.

  6. Terrapod says:

    I just hope the grease monkeys in that shop or the actual trans re-builder is experienced enough not to try and re-use the case if he finds damage on any of the bearing support surfaces or cracks where there should not be any. A a clean junkyard trans rebuild might be safer. Praying for ya on this one and to keep Murphy far away.

  7. Arthur says:

    “Didn’t bother to mention that ten miles of towing through the desert probably scattered the pieces pretty thoroughly.”

    The driveshaft didn’t get disconnected before towing it on all 4 wheels?

  8. Joel says:

    I really wasn’t worried about wrecking the transmission at that point.

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