Is anyone else having a bad year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by APLUS LAWN CARE, Apr 3, 2012.


    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Messages: 587

    I don't know about the rest of you but this year has not been off to a very good start. To start with, my truck started leaking oil around the beginning of the year. I went to the mechanic and he told me it was the valve cover gaskets that were leaking. I believed him and had him change them. However, the leaking did not stop so I consulted another mechanic. I was told by that mechanic that it was a leaking rear main seal. I did not have him change it because I was leery about spending that kind of money so I decided to get a second opinion. I checked with yet another mechanic who told me that he had seen this before and that it was a bad headgasket. I did not know who to believe so I did some research on the internet and found that the type of truck I have had been known to leak oil out of the head gasket (something I had never heard of before). So I took it back to the last mechanic about a week ago and he still has it. So, needless to say, I have not had a truck for about week and I don't have a backup truck so it has been interesting trying to get anything done. Well the mechanic called today and informed me that the intake gasket was bad and it needed replaced as well, another $350 on top of the $1,100 it is already going to cost. On top of all of this, I have been having quite a few mower breakdowns lately. It has to get better because it sure can't get worst!
  2. american dream

    american dream LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    Never say it can't get worse cause guess what insure can fast! Hop things turn around for you soon.

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Messages: 587

    Good point, things could actually be ALOT worst than they are. It has just been one of those days when nothing has went right.
  4. american dream

    american dream LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    If it makes youfeel better I trashed a brand new walker blower $500 plus a half day my labor to change 800$ worth ball joints 900$ tiers snapped a throttle cable on g3 and it's only Tuesday!
  5. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    I hear ya aplus. The bad days make the good days that much better, keep your head up, things will get better!
  6. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I got you beat, I found out after my hockey season this year that I had to have surgery on my hip. Get this, im a broke college kid that now has to pay someone to have all my work done (so I dont lose any customers). Im on crutches for four weeks and I cant do anything until july other than rehab...

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Messages: 587

    Amen to that!
  8. billythekid

    billythekid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    Out of curiousity APLUS what kind of truck? year.motor, etc
  9. TriCityLawnCareLLC

    TriCityLawnCareLLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,025

    Eh, gotta take the good with the bad. 1/2 mile from home i get a flat tire. I limp home. get tire to my buddy (mechanic out of his house, with a tire machine and balancer) hole is too big to patch or plug. 10pm get home to put spare tire on (never before used since bought new in 05) spare tire won't come down, appears GM's wonderful design of the secondary lock is frozen up. I worked on it for about an hour and i just left everthing and came inside to unwind, shower and sleep. I've been crazy busy, tonights plan after work (got home around 8) was to do office work. Meh, everything happens for a reason.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Boy did they bend you over. If your truck has a V-6 or V-8, it's impossible to change the head gasket without destroying the intake gasket. Replacing the intake gasket is part of the job. A professional shop should have been able to do this entire job for under $1,000 (parts are less than $50) and have it in and out in a day.

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