Especially when it is me trying to do some routine vehicle maintenance.
My Dodge Dakota developed a serious leak in the power steering system so I decided to use the long weekend to track down the leak and while I was at it I decided to change the oil and the tranny fluid.
The transmission was running fine, but I do have over 170,000 miles on this thing and it has never had the transmission fluid or filters changed.
So, I finish changing the oil, oil filter, tranny fluid and the two filters that go with it and even find the source of my power steering fluid leak. It seems that when the Dodge dealership changed out the upper ball joints because of a national recall, they did not properly seperate and secure the tranny fluid lines and the power steering fluid crossover line. There is a hole worn in the power steering fluid line from the tranny line rubbing it.
OK, I can deal with that later. I finished up everthing else and go to back out of the work spot I created because my truck was overhanging a wall that made it easier for me to work. Lo and behold...no tranny. NOTHING HAPPENS.
I had put this thing into 4WD to pull up on this wall just in case something gave way I could back out quickly. So, I'm thinking I jammed the 4WD transfer case or something.
So; I call my brother who has worked with cars all of his life and is a service manager for a dealership too far from me to be practible. He could not think of what could have happened either so he calls one of his service techs who used to work for a Dodge dealership.
Problem solved. Seems that an O-ring on the new filter has problems seating and causes this issue with Dodge trucks. The guy knew what it was right off before my brother could even finish telling him what was going on. THERE IS NOT ONE DAMNED WORK ABOUT THAT O-RING IN THE INSTRUCTIONS!
So, guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?