That beloved Toyota pickup of mine has been acting up for sometime now, smokes when it goes up hills that are too steep, a blue hued smoke. Among a few other odd problems. Chuck and Brad at Evergreen Tire in Pullman (Britt’s dad’s shop) had looked at it a couple of times, but could never figure out what the hell was going on with it.
Well, the last camping trip, B.Maree and I tried to drive over the mountain while it was pouring down rain, but the mountain seemed to be too great a challenge for the Toyota, and we had to turn back, due to the smoke. I had made up my mind a few weeks ago, that when it started to interrupt my camping endevours, I’d have Chuck take it and fix it. Well, that trip over the mountain was the final straw.
Chuck and I swapped vehicles last weekend, as he attempted to fix the Toyota. And of course (at first) he couldn’t get it to smoke. After some drives around some steep areas in Pullman, he finally got it to smoke, and when he took the valve cover off, he found this floating around…
At some point, during some repair, this plastic hose clip (which goes on the outside of the engine not the inside), was dropped into the engine, and was causing a backup in oil, which would then eventually be burned off causing the blue smoke.
Chuck wasn’t 100% sure that this would fix my entire problem, So only time will tell, but for the time being, the ‘Yota is on the mend.