Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Taking Care of Business
That's Sherri Mertz on the right giving a class on sea kayaking out on Nemahbin Lake last Saturday (see yesterday's blog). Like all good instructors, she is careful about the safety of her students while making every effort to cover every aspect of the sport that they will need in order to do well and to remain safe. It is called integrity...doing what's right. I see that same quality in JB and Derrick and in it in all the other instructors I know (and, I know I don't know them all...but I digress).
So (says the prince of transition), the wheel on my Blazer snapped just as I approached the house when returning from a paddle on Friday. I picked the car up yesterday to learn that what had caused this expensive failure. It seems that the "professional" (and national) outfit that has been doing my oil changes has never lubricated the wheel bearings. It never came up, and I assumed it was being done...so I take some responsibility. Thing is, I wasn't getting what I needed and expected and will never go there again or recommend the place to anyone.
Instead, I'm going to see if Sherri does oil changes.
Paddle safe...
DS

5 comments:

R said...

Dick- A 4x4 Blazer has sealed front wheel bearings- they are not serviceable. I think you are either being misinformed or misunderstood.

Silbs said...

That's what my future son in law tells me. Apparently the bearing got dried out for one reason or another.

JohnB said...

Maybe that's our problem too -- a dried out bearing . . . ?

Silbs said...

Ouch!

Silbs said...

Follow up: Ben has checked and those bearings are NOT sealed.