The most horrible thing has happened - I dont trust my beloved truck anymore! Imagine that!
After putting nearly $10,000 into the engine just THIS YEAR - wonder why I feel this way???
I just did 4- injectors a month ago, what a catastrphy that was.
Then in January a $6400 bill with ARP studs, new headgaskets, decked heads, magnafluxed and hot tanked heads, new lifters, every gasket and o ring replaced in entire engine, 1 new injector, new oil cooler, full EGR delete, new radiator, new ICP, new IPR, replaced exhaust with new 4" TB with kitty delete, new serpintine belt, new glow plugs, new glow plug harness, and probably something else I'm forgetting. The list was rediculously long of new parts.
Then I got stupid and decided I needed new wheels and tires and spent $1800 on my new DC2 Black 18x9 wheels mounted with new LT295/70R18 Nitto Terra Grapplers - a 35x11.7x18 tire - looks great - but right after that - the 4 injectors were toasted and had to be replaced.
While the truck was in the shop for 3 weeks (all injectors tested okay initially so we thought it was a fuel problem or FICM - although that tested okay too) I rented a small commuter car (another $500 for that for a week+). Then I ended up paying a $3700 bill for the stupid over-diagnostic (and probably a bit of inexperience and lack of diagnostic tools to properly and quickly diagnose the injectors) + 4 injectors and 8 sets of O rings for them - the first set were toasted when the problem it went in for started happening in the shop - compression gas blow-by - apparently the bolts that hold the injectors down stretch letting compression gas blow by and toasting the crush washer (incinerated that on 2- injectors - no trace of it to be found!!!) and melting the o rings. Had to replace all O rings again + install new injector hold down bolts on one side + the new gasket cover gaskets twice.
Plus another $230 for gauges - only 2 of the 4 are working right - 2 dont work. Should have spent more on the gauges then getting the glowshift - I think my mechanic jacked them up but I cant prove anything. Their electronic gauge sweep and I think he jacked that install up - not used to the electronic part.
Then I bought an AEM Water/Meth kit to keep the EGT's down - still have that sitting in the garage. Havent installed that yet.
Once I got the truck back - I bought a 2005 Toyota Corolla S auto - for my daily driver - 38mpg - and $8500. Love the car - great mileage for my 1000 miles M-F per week. But I dont trust the truck anymore.
Now its parked in my driveway. I drive it on the weekends. I get 16mpg. I'm afraid to drive it - waiting for the next big breakdown. I have a 800 mile mission trip to go on in the next 4 weeks - and even though all this work done on the truck should help me trust it - with the bills I have paid - I dont trust it any more.
What do I do???