Sunday, October 18, 2015

When Bad Things Happen to Nice People


This one comes to me as a request to help him spread the word about his 2001 Dodge Durango. It's not my usual classic car highlight, or modified car, this one is just a run of the mill standard daily driver. It's just a daily driver, to Jeff Sigman, it is his life, his transportation to help with his needs, it's something that i'm sure he probably feels as if his luck is just running out. Maybe everything is just crashing down on him all at once. 

Jeff owned a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer that had the transmission go out on him. I'm sure everyone knows, if you don't have 1. some kind of warranty 2. know how to fix it yourself 3. have the capability, tools, and space to fix it  or 4. the money to buy the replacement parts, and transmission is a deadly cause of a lot of cars. It's the step where you almost have to give up. He didn't though, he gave it a shot to get it fixed, ran great for about 2 more months, then it gave up on him again. Even though he knew the transmission was out, he knew someone needed a vehicle to get around, so he lent it out to someone who drove it for a while, and then the worse thing happened; the engine blew. 

Thankfully, some light was sort of shed at the end of the tunnel for Jeff. A friend of his said he would trade Jeff for a 2001 Dodge Durango. Straight up, no questions asked. He went with the deal, what was he supposed to do? I'm sure his finances were already hurting and this is his friend. His friend had explained to him the Dodge had some knocking noise. His friends have insisted that he needed a new motor. I don't think that is the case just yet, which, i'm crossing my fingers that a little bit of my googling research may help him and his friends find a solution and get this truck running for him. 

I took a look at this YouTube video.

I also read the description of his video, which it seemed to be somewhat accurate. I don't know if these engines are notorious for this sort of issue or not, but he seems pretty adamant this is the issue and not to waste any money on other parts. Here is his description:

This is a 2000 Durango Sport it has the 4.7 engine. The truck had a loud knock so decided to take the engine apart and found a dropped valve seat. This is before getting a new valve seat installed, valve and new lifters. if your engine has a similar noise do not waste your money on new coils, plugs or injectors; these engines are known to drop valve seats. Please be respectful and do not post any rude comments; if you have any questions feel free to comment. Enjoy the video
What I haven't mentioned about Jeff is what kind of person he is. He is just like the rest of us hard working American's. He is 45, disabled and lives in Parkhills, Missouri.

I hope the word gets out a bit about Jeff Sigman and his 2001 Dodge Durango.

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