After my disastrous attempt to fix the Villager van transmission, I can now say that it is again moving. Over a period of about a week I worked at replacing the solenoid control pack on my Mercury Villager transmission. Not being an adept car mechanic, I took things slowly and researched on the internet. I finally disassembled and re-assembled the parts of the transmission necessary to replace the solenoids. I was too proud of myself too early. I put new transmission fluid in and started the car up. The engine started right up and purred like an almost new car. However, the transmission would not engage. I could move through the gears, but nothing. It was as if it wasn't there. I stewed over this for a couple of days and tried some trouble shooting from the top side of the engine. But I knew deep inside that I was going to have to remove those same parts and once again bath in transmission fluid. This afternoon (after running my five miles - well, almost running and it was 4.75 miles) I dove back into the transmission. I removed the pan and in evaluating the solenoid pack I realized that I had failed to engage a control arm and piston when I had replaced the valve housing. So later this evening, after re-installing the valve housing with the control arm engaged. I again, put everything back together and poured the transmission fluid in. The car started right up and, yes, it moved. However, before I become to boastful of my mechanical prowess, I appeared to have put a stop one bolt too far to the right and now I don't have park. The gear furthest to the left is now reverse. I have to start the car in neutral. But, it did run and it did shift much smoother. I guess I will have to bath one last time in transmission fluid and remove the pan to adjust the block.
I am the father of 4 great children and two incredible daughters-in-law. I have been married to the same amazingwoman for over 26 years. I enjoy life especially when I am outdoors. I am employed as the Environmental Manager for a mining company.
I think that the Disney character that I'm most like would have to be
Aladdin. I'm not sure if this is because it was my favorite Disney movie as
a child ...
10 years ago
Elder Jared Gibby
Jared preparing to leave on his mission to Birmingham, Alabama
My sister Kimberly is 10 years my junior. She is among the most adventuresome and accomplished of my siblings. She is married to Sione Fifita and they have one son Viliami who just turned two. She has been a professor of English in Hawaii and currently works for a scrapbooking supply company (Stampin Up). She has actually changed jobs more often than I have! She is writing a novel (has been for years) which I am eagerly anticipating. She has always been a great sister and in some sense is the glue that keeps all six of us bonded together. It has been nice to have her family back on the mainland and to live closer to them.