It’s not often that a mechanical symptom fools me, but I certainly was snookered this time. Our Honda Element toad did pull a fast one on me, but I’m not complaining. Why?
The Honda technician inspected the Element’s CV joints on the axles, and they were fine and not the cause of the violent shimmy we’d experienced.
Instead, it turned out to be a seized right front brake caliper. I was overjoyed. Why?
Because to replace the caliper, machine the rotors on both front wheels and install new brake pads, as well as flush the brake lines and install new brake fluid cost me half of what two new axles with new CV joints would have. My wallet was happy, too.
So we’re back on track for our drive to Florida on New Years Day, with a night spent visiting my Coast Guard buddy Ron in Jacksonville, before heading to Port Canaveral for the cruise.
We’re leaving the Journey here at the COE campground. Since there is a slight chance of freezing weather while we’re gone, I’m disconnecting the water hose and turning off the water pump, putting a drop light with a 75watt bulb in each of my two wet bays and leaving the propane furnace on set to about 40 degrees. With an almost full onboard propane tank, everything should be fine.
Now for the major challenge: Pack a suitcase. ;c)
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