Sunday October 11, 2015 Jenner CA.
Some things don’t go as planned
So all I had to do to finish off yesterdays repair of my car’s coolant leak was to fill up the radiator with coolant and it should be good to go if there were no leaks,…………..but.
When I turned the key to start the engine all I got was a big clunk, oh, oh. I knew what that meant. I got a lot of the coolant into the engine when I took off the intake manifold and now there was some water inside the engine and it wouldn’t turn over.
From experience, I knew that if I kept clunking it, it should finally turn the engine over, so I kept clunking it, about twenty times before the engine turned over, but it would not start. I cranked and cranked and it fired occasionally, but would not run.
I checked and double checked my work to make sure I had hooked everything back up right on the engine and it looked like I had.
I knew what I had to do. I had to remove all the spark plugs and clean them all up so they’d fire again. It was a good time to have a look at the spark plugs as I haven’t checked them for wear in a long time. I cleaned them up and regapped them, put some antiseize on the threads and put them back in, very carefully as not to strip out the threads.
I didn’t think it was going to start as I turned the key and it started right up, after sputtering for a bit, so I let it run to warm it up, watching for coolant leaks.
Steam out the exhaust pipe
I didn’t see any coolant leaks but shortly, steam began to come out of the exhaust pipe, oh, oh, I thought, clouds of steam coming out of there. I’m thinking I must have a coolant leak into the engine, but then I thought, I bet I just pumped a lot of coolant into the exhaust system and it’s just getting hot and vaporizing as the car warms up, I hope.
I waited and waited and it seemed to be getting less steam so I took it for a ride down the road and back and no more steam. Great.
Off to kayak
No coolant leaks either so I headed down to Jenner to kayak for the day. I could see that it was fogged in as I arrived at Jenner. I put my boat in the water and headed down towards the river’s mouth.
River’s mouth is closed sorta
I could hear the ocean a waves pounding the beach way before I got to the closed river’s mouth area.
Even though the river’s mouth was closed up with sand, high ocean waves were breaking over the beach, so in some ways, the river’s mouth wasn’t closed.
I paddled right up to the ocean water coming over the sandy beach and was watching for any big fish coming in or anything else I might see, when all of a sudden there were big turbulent waves right in front of me as a big wave had come in and was really flowing into the estuary over the sandy beach. I always think of my camera first in these situations as it’s not water proof and decided I better hang on for a possible fast ride backwards as the water increased.
It was a bit spooky as the foamy water pushed me backwards rather fast, but I maintained my upright position and decided staying back a bit might be a better idea.
I’m looking at the sandy beach closing the river’s mouth here with big waves breaking over the sand and coming into the river. I was right up there on the other side of that foam just a bit ago, before the water abruptly pushed me back.
Patti was in her kayak just behind me. She referred to the foam as muck and wasn’t getting in any of it. We sat around and shot the bull for a bit before heading back towards the boat ramp where I left Patti and continued on over to this channel on the upper end of Penny Island where I had a little nap.
From there it wasn’t far to the boat ramp, so I headed on in for the day and went on home where I didn’t do much of anything the rest of the day.
At least the car’s coolant leak seems to be fixed which is a good thing as now I can get on with doing some other projects that need to be done before winter.