Well, Hmmmm. Can your 16 year old son take care of it? Mine can't. But, if he can, there's a couple of ways to look at it. Yes, it's ok to sink the money into a remanufactured engine. However, if the truck has been mistreated all it's life, then when is the transmission going to fail? What about the rear end? Power steering pumps fail. There's no way to get away from that. I wouldn't let that part scare me. Nor the distributor, nor the ac head. Those parts fail. I would call it a coincidence that it all happened at the same time. The only thing I would think long and hard about is what kind of condition is the rest of the drive train in. If it's an automatic, has the fluid been changed regularly? Have you been able to drive it any before the motor quit? If so, did the tranny shift ok? No abnormal noises coming from the rear end? If all that appears to be ok, the YES, by all means, fix the young man's truck. Make him mow your yard for the next 15 years to pay you back and let him know that it's not a tank and that he needs to be mindful of how fragile these things can be. And if he thinks HE'LL have to pay for the tranny or rear end when it goes out, maybe he'll take it easy on it. My son's learning the hard way. Just this morning, I had to go pull HIS out of the mud because he thought 'it would make it'. He was wrong. I hope I've been of some help. If you need anything else, just holler.
Sunday, April 19th, 2009 AT 1:33 PM