Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A long overdue update... success... and a close call!

Well friends, I am happy to report that Team Gaijin Racing came through with no problems. 12 hours of endurance racing, and no problems other than consuming some oil. Good car, great teammates, and lots of fun. Looking forward to the October 24 6 hour endurance race at Ebisu East again. Again, the details can be found here: http://tgrdatalog.blogspot.com/

Ok - now back to R33 GT-R land. I've been avoiding driving my car, not only to save on gas, but because the weather has been terrible, and I'm trying to avoid putting unnecessary mileage on my car.

So last Saturday, I decide to drive down to Camp Zama to work on the Team Gaijin Prelude... the GT-R barely started (I really need to buy that Optima battery) and then I discovered that while driving down the expressway, the steering seemed to be a -bit- off, slightly to the left. There was a funny sound from the engine too, maybe a belt slipping a bit?

When I got back and parked - I looked down at where my car had been and discovered a reddish looking fluid. However, there were no leaks under the car, but when I checked, the power steering fluid level was low.

So the next day in between running errands I took the car to Nissan Shinagawa and explained the potential power steering fluid problem.

Well lo and behold, they found this:

Looks like the power steering fluid had accumalated in the boot, and was leaking out of a really small hole. Luckily not an expensive part, about 2000-3000 yen, so I ordered one for the other side as well, and will have them both installed by them when it comes in.

What was more of a problem, I think was this:

I believe that is part of the steel cord showing through! Uh, that's kinda dangerous - at the very least no more aggressive driving! But it lasted a good long time - almost 4 years - these RE01Rs were the first tires I bought for the car, replacing the crap Dunlops that were on the car when I bought it used. Well, I guess this means I'd better get some new tires quickly! I plan to do so this weekend. How? Stay tuned...

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