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mini cooper s, water problems [Jun. 5th, 2006|12:18 pm]
Doug Ayen
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Over the weekend, I spotted a listing for a mini cooper S for under 17k; after a quick test drive and check of the vehicle history, I bought it: a 2003 Mini Cooper S, blue, white top, it looks like the original owner got some nice packages. It's a fun car to drive, and since I'm spending nearly 2.5 hours a day in the car, that's become important. The pickup will be kept, as I need a farm truck, but it's reliability and performance are really showing its age.

In other news, got home last night to a puddle in the basement around the well system. Fortunately I caught it before it flooded anything of value. While checking to see what it could be, I moved the pressure tank, and big honking chunks of rust fell off. It's pretty clear the tank rusted through. I've got it shut down now, power
turned off to pump system and water heater.

It looks like installing a new pressure tank would be fairly trivial -- match the pressure and volume settings from the old tank, get a new nipple to connect it to the rest of the system, isolate and drain old bladder system, swap in new bits, inflate to recomended pressure, restart pump system, bleed system, restart water heater, take a shower. So, I'm off to pick up a new tank on the way to work, and will try to fix tonight. I hope this is as relatively simple as it looks. At least I have plenty of tools for the job.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2006-06-05 05:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the car; looking forward to seeing it sometime.

CZ
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[User Picture]From: madbodger
2006-06-06 01:05 am (UTC)
2.5 hours each way? That's as bad as my commute last year! Where are you going?
Hope the car makes it a more pleasant journey.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2006-06-06 08:46 pm (UTC)

Not quite that bad

It's not quite that bad, 1.25 hours each way, total of 2.5 hours a day.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: goldilocks_va
2006-06-06 05:08 am (UTC)
Dude! Congratulations on the ride. That's a great way to make your commute way more tolerable. Can't wait to see it! -Goldie
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[User Picture]From: akrissy
2006-06-06 06:36 pm (UTC)
congrats on the car!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-07 02:53 am (UTC)
from a Mini nut....CONGRATS! I hope you enjoy it, sounds like you got a good deal.

As for the water heater, that's never any fun, I came home to a swimming pool in my kitchen once.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-07 02:56 am (UTC)

I'm an idiot

might help if I actually posted who I am. ummm...hi...I'm Stoopidgirl, and I'm obsessed with Minis :)

stinking id won't accept my link...so here...this is me www.stoopidgirl.blogspot.com
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