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Alright so I put in my new alternator and took back the old one to autozone since there was a core charge of 10 dollars which means I got that money back BUT I had to spend it on a new solenoid because that was out too which cost 9.99 with tax so it still evened out to be 250 dollars worth of parts because of it.  After all that work and frustration on my truck it  is working again and I feel accomplished since like always with my truck unless its a tune up or an oil change because Im too lazy to do myself I fixed it and got it running. but thanks to my friend’s jumping me every single time it needed a jump and also my friend that helped me get that old alternator out and the new one in we shall call him grease monkey since I am one also.  all it took after we put it on was a nice jump to get the battery to have some life in it again since it was dead and the alternator to start going to hold the charge. So its alive and working!

Yes I know the last several blog’s have been about my truck and my money issues but its ok!

grease monkey

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So if you have been keeping up with my blogs you know I have been having major money issues because of my truck.  in the past week I have spent around 250 dollars in parts for my truck.   My battery and alternator went out at the same time which SUCKS because all that money I put into my truck was my tax refund that I got back.  I think I have about 20 or 30 dollars left of it.  I’m praying nothing else goes wrong with it because I don’t have any more money to fix it unless I go beg my family for money to fix it.


alternator 144 dollars labor and mechanics fee- free since I'm doing it myself

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So yes the battery was dead but the alternator also went out on me. So now I’m  car less till i get about 150 for the new alternator+some money for the tools since all my tools are at home.  But wait. It my just be a short in the truck so me and My friend from Summer scholars is going to jump my truck today and then follow me down to auto zone to have them test the alternator. Lets pray it is a short since it would be way less money then having to replace the alternator!  So during spring break if it is the alternator me and my buddy here in Alamosa are going to make a project out of it since its a fun thing to do with people, that’s only if I can get that 150 dollars by like next Friday.

Its a hassle to have a vehicle while a college student just because its expensive to fix!  Well if anyone has any questions about my trouble’s with my truck just let me know!

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Alright so yesterday I got my tax refund which was about 147 dolalrs.  Today I had to spend just about all of it because of my truck.  (one bad thing about having a vehicle while in college)  it cost’s money to maintain it.   On Monday night my truck would not start so that meant 1 of 2 things 1. the alternator died on me or my battery is dead or died.  Turn’s out I lucked out by it being the cheaper one of the 2 which was the battery died on me and would not hold a charge any more. So I went to walmart to get a new battery and let them install it since its free to install but it cost me around 83 dollars just for that.

While I was waiting in line to get serviced I decided to look at my engine while it was turned on.  I noticed 2 thing’s my raidiater hose(the antifreeze one) had a giant leak so check off one more thing to buy but could install myself.  Then i started to look at my belts and noticed my serpatine belt was really loose while it was running to so I turned off my truck and turns out that one belt is about to snap on me.  So check that one off too.

so I went to the one of the auto part stores here in alamosa off of 3rd and state street.  and bought both those parts after the battery was installed that was another 30 dollars right there total for those 2 things.  I replaced the old hose tonight, but I need to find a ratchet so I can replace that belt.  Wish me luck on my surch

Grease Monkey at the moment


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